NASA official confirms that meteor, or ‘fireball,’ passed over Alabama
Jesse Chambers

An official at NASA in Huntsville has confirmed that the bright lights and loud booms seen and heard south of Birmingham and across Alabama and at least two other states tonight were caused by a meteor — one that was very bright and passed unusually close to the earth’s surface.

“It was a meteor, a fireball, and a very bright one,” said Bill Cooke, head of the Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

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