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Fireball Makes For ‘Incredible Sight’ Over Newtown Area


A fireball was spotted over the area and much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England early Thursday.

The fireball streaked across the sky around 6:15 a.m. and was estimated by the American Meteor Society of coming down over New York.

An Upper Makefield resident reported seeing the fireball and submitted his report to the American Meteor Society.

“This was an incredible sight,” Jim S. of Levittown wrote in his American Meteor Society report.

Another Levittown man reported fireball in the sky along with about 260 other people in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

“It was amazing! Very bright,” a Bensalem resident wrote.

The fireball was believed to have been traveling southeast to northwest. It only was visible for a few seconds.

“Several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth’s atmosphere each day. The vast majority of these, however, occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions, and a good many are masked by daylight. Those that occur at night also stand little chance of being detected due to the relatively low numbers of persons out to notice them,” the American Meteor Society said.


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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001