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Mar 15 2013

Brilliant Fireball over Pittsburgh-March 13, 2013

Brilliant Fireball over Pittsburgh

March 13, 2013- 4 AM

North Hills of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County

A brilliant fireball meteor was reported over the Pittsburgh area during the early morning hours of March 13, 2013. A witness was in her driveway located in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh when she happened to look skyward. She first noticed towards the north what looked like a trail of sparks.  Moments later, a very large brilliant fireball “just came out of nowhere,” and moved fast towards southwest.

The fireball was of an orange-red color, with blue on the outside. The object was observed for about 3 seconds as it moved out of sight and was blocked by trees in the distance.  The witness I talked with was very nervous following the observation and was expecting to hear an explosion, but no sound was heard.  She had read about the recent meteor event in Russia and thought this object was about to hit something locally as well.

A weak annual meteor shower called the Gama Normids, was scheduled to peak during this time period.

If you saw this fireball please contact Stan at: paufo@comcast.net.