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Meteor Over Eastern Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Around 5:40 PM Thursday night, something raced across the sky in eastern Iowa and then burned up in the Earths atmosphere. Some people described it as a big flash, like lightning. Others said it was green streak across the sky. Some said it fell apart and looked like fireworks.

The North Liberty Streets Dept. captured video of the glowing object on on one of its cameras.

Scott Bounds, president of the Cedar Amateur Astronomers says it was likely a meteor, and it appeared to break up as it flew over eastern Iowa. Bounds believes he knows what part of space the meteor came from.

"This very likely was a Geminid meteor," said Bounds. "Although it is not for certain that it was, but the general location of Gemini and where the meteor tracked, it looked like it probably came out of Gemini."

Bounds says the meteor was probably about the size of your fist, and he isn't sure whether any of the meteor debris made it to the ground.

 
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