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Witnesses in Md. and region report seeing meteor

Wednesday - 5/22/2013, 1:10pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A bright light seen traveling across the sky over the weekend by dozens of witnesses across Maryland and the region is what astronomers are calling a fragmenting meteoric fireball.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/18ibFNM ) of Maryland reports witnesses saw the fireball Saturday as early as 12:18 a.m. and as late as 1 a.m., with the majority of the sightings around 12:30 a.m. Some witnesses also reported hearing delayed booms.

The American Meteor Society says the fireball, a term used to describe an unusually bright meteor, is believed to have entered the atmosphere near Washington and traveled northwest.

The society says 60 witnesses reported seeing the meteor, including 13 from Maryland. Other witnesses in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio also reported seeing the meteor.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com


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