Authorities this week confirmed that a large fireball streaked its way across the skies of multiple states, a sight that was reportedly accompanied by a loud booming noise as well.
As many as several dozen people reported witnessing the fireball in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana on Wednesday, with many reporting an explosive noise accompanying it.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported shortly after the incident that NASA had confirmed the fireball in the skies above the states.
“After multiple reports of a loud sound this morning across a portion of our state, MEMA has confirmed with NASA it was a fireball that caused the noise,” the agency reported via Twitter.
“No injuries or property damage have been reported,” it continued, adding: “We are told the meteor ran parallel to the Mississippi River.”
At least one resident captured what appeared to be footage of the fireball:
Bill Cooke, the lead of NASA’s Meteoroid Environments Office at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., told the Independent that it was “unusual … how few eyewitness reports we had given the skies were so clear.”
“More people heard it than saw it,” he said.