Did You See a Meteor Over Southampton?

Local residents report seeing a flash of light.

At least one North Sea resident is among the hundreds of people on the East Coast who reported seeing a meteor-like flash of light shortly before 8 p.m.

From Boston to the Carolinas on Friday night, there were hundreds of unconfirmed reports on Twitter and other social media outlets of a meteor-like object.

On Southampton Patch's Facebook Page Lisa Zbar Watson said she spotted at least one meteor breaking up over Oak Grove Road in North Sea.

Similar reports were also made across the East End.

Eileen Szymczak Moore Sayre reported on North Fork Patch's Facebook page she saw it in Orient while waiting for the ferry. And Stacy Marshall Paetzel said she saw it from her living room in Cutchogue.

She said, "I wasn't even looking out the window it was that bright!"

And Diane Jones reported on Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch's Facebook page that she and her husband saw it at 7:54 p.m. as they passed by the Westhampton Beach Country Club.

She said, "It was beautiful."

Patch readers from East Hampton also said they saw the flash of light.

A meteor estimated to be about 50 feet wide and weighing more than 10,000 tons exploded over central Russia last month, injuring hundreds with a shockwave that blew out windows and damaged structures across a wide area.

No injuries, or other material impacts were reported Friday night.

Did you see it the Friday night object? Did you shoot a picture? Tell us what you saw in the comment section below and/or upload your photo.

Nicholas McCoy March 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I saw the meteor and it looked like an airplane at first but it was too bright for a plane. It disappeared in midair.
Hawk March 23, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I saw the meteor while driving west on Sunrise Hwy just before the Hampton Bays exit. I first noticed it in the 1 o'clock position, to my right and to the north of Sunrise, no more than 45 dgrees above the horizon. From my perspective, it crossed over Sunrise Hwy moving in a southeasterly direction. At first is was a very bright white light which I took to be the headlight of a low flying airplane. As it moved across my field of vision from right to left the color changed to green and it had a distinct tail, which immediately made me conclude that it was a meteorite. From my perspective It burned out over downtown Hampton Bays having the appearance of the trailings from a fire works. It appeared to have a redish color just before total burnout and was about 25 degrees above the horizon. I had a clear, unobstructed view through my front windshield for the entire time. It was visible for about 10 seconds and travelled about 45 degrees.


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