Local news outlets are reporting that a “fireball,” or very bright meteor, passed through the skies of North Texas tonight, creating a loud sonic boom. Above is a photo of the fireball posted by one of our Facebook friends a short time ago. WFAA reports:
WFAA received more than 200 reports Wednesday night from people who said they saw what appeared to be a meteor streaking across the North Texas sky shortly after 8 o’clock.
Many people also said they heard what sounded like a sonic boom (or booms) associated with the fireball, which was apparently witnessed all the way from San Antonio to Oklahoma City.
The Federal Aviation Administration told TV station KWTX in Waco that it was a meteor.
DISCLAIMER: As of 10:15 p.m. I can’t personally vouch for the authenticity of the photo. The person who posted it on Facebook has not responded to my messages. I have already been contacted by two local TV stations asking if they could run the photo.
UPDATE, 10:30: The Facebook friend who posted the photo now says he got it from KDFW’s Facebook page. However, he says the photo has since been removed from the page. WFAA just showed the same photo on its 10 p.m. newscast.
Below is some video that appears to have been captured by the dash cam of a police vehicle in Little River-Academy, which is near Temple: