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See the green light streak across the SC sky this morning? Here’s what we know

‘A shooting star!’ Videos show bright light flying across sky in NC, SC this morning

A possible meteor was spotted across the Carolinas around sunrise on Thursday morning, April 4 — and several people caught it on camera. Watch — and listen — to their reactions as they filmed the "shooting star" fly across the sky.
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A possible meteor was spotted across the Carolinas around sunrise on Thursday morning, April 4 — and several people caught it on camera. Watch — and listen — to their reactions as they filmed the "shooting star" fly across the sky.

If you saw that blue or green light flying across the sky this morning, it probably wasn’t your imagination.

People from all over Beaufort County — including Beaufort, Hilton Head, and Parris Island — are reporting seeing a ball of light flash across the sky just before 7 a.m. Thursday.

They aren’t alone.

The American Meteor Society, which allows people to self-report apparent meteor sightings, received more than 450 reports about the fireball Thursday morning, according to its website. In addition to South Carolina, reports have come from seven states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

Blair Holloway with the National Weather Service in Charleston said that office had received two or three phone calls from people saying they saw the meteor in the area. He also said one of his co-workers saw the flash of light while driving into work.

Meteor activity picks up during April as the Lyrid meteors become active and peaks toward the end of the month, according to a news release from The American Meteor Society.

You probably won’t find any pieces of these meteors on the ground, according to NASA. Most meteors come from comets, which are fragile, and small comet fragments generally don’t survive entry into our atmosphere. If they do survive and land, it’s typically hard to tell them apart from normal rocks.

Lana Ferguson has covered news of all sorts for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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