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Doorbell video captured the meteor near Anchorage, Alaska. A dozen eyewitnesses reported the fireball.

Video from the call

The brightest winter stars take on magical significance in the days leading up to Christmas, but not so much when they burst into flames.

That’s what happened on Wednesday, December 21, when a bright meteor caught fire the night before it touched down near Anchorage, Alaska.

It happened around 10:45 p.m., according to the American Meteor Society at least a dozen people saw it. This includes some who have reported gruesome scenes “very bright light” pouring through the windows, lighting yardsand rising from behind cars driving on dark roads.

“I’ve seen meteor showers in the past and this was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the night sky.” one woman told the community. “The band was much, much wider, not like the thin lines of shooting stars or meteor showers.”

Michael and Heather Steuman captured video of the meteor on the Ring doorbell camera.

Their seven-second video shows the falling fireball turning the sky an eerie blue before it appears to crash into the tree line. Where he landed remains a mystery.

“I was stunned. The camera caught a faint moving light that grew larger and brighter in seconds. There was a flash of light in the sky that went out immediately after that,” Heather Stuman told McClatchy News.

“I showed the video to my husband and he was delighted too. None of us had seen anything like it before. … It looked like it fell in our backyard, but people hundreds of miles away were saying the same thing.”

By eerie coincidence, she notes, it appeared on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The couple checked social media and quickly discovered they weren’t the only witnesses. This prompted them to share their video, which as of December 23 had been viewed more than 150,000 times and garnered nearly 2,000 reactions and comments.

This includes some who suggested that the flaming ball was “new military aircraft or a new weapon being tested.’

“Seems very close” Dan Sewell placed.

“I saw it this morning in Fairbanks! … Thought I was going crazy (“seeing things”)”, Sherry Wood wrote.

“It was (a piece of) metallic space debris that burned up in the atmosphere on entry,” Gary Flower said.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.



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Doorbell video captures a fireball falling in the darkness over Alaska

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Doorbell video captured the meteor near Anchorage, Alaska. A dozen eyewitnesses reported the fireball.

Video from the call

The brightest winter stars take on magical significance in the days leading up to Christmas, but not so much when they burst into flames.

That’s what happened on Wednesday, December 21, when a bright meteor caught fire the night before it touched down near Anchorage, Alaska.

It happened around 10:45 p.m., according to the American Meteor Society at least a dozen people saw it. This includes some who have reported gruesome scenes “very bright light” pouring through the windows, lighting yardsand rising from behind cars driving on dark roads.

“I’ve seen meteor showers in the past and this was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the night sky.” one woman told the community. “The band was much, much wider, not like the thin lines of shooting stars or meteor showers.”

Michael and Heather Steuman captured video of the meteor on the Ring doorbell camera.

Their seven-second video shows the falling fireball turning the sky an eerie blue before it appears to crash into the tree line. Where he landed remains a mystery.

“I was stunned. The camera caught a faint moving light that grew larger and brighter in seconds. There was a flash of light in the sky that went out immediately after that,” Heather Stuman told McClatchy News.

“I showed the video to my husband and he was delighted too. None of us had seen anything like it before. … It looked like it fell in our backyard, but people hundreds of miles away were saying the same thing.”

By eerie coincidence, she notes, it appeared on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The couple checked social media and quickly discovered they weren’t the only witnesses. This prompted them to share their video, which as of December 23 had been viewed more than 150,000 times and garnered nearly 2,000 reactions and comments.

This includes some who suggested that the flaming ball was “new military aircraft or a new weapon being tested.’

“Seems very close” Dan Sewell placed.

“I saw it this morning in Fairbanks! … Thought I was going crazy (“seeing things”)”, Sherry Wood wrote.

“It was (a piece of) metallic space debris that burned up in the atmosphere on entry,” Gary Flower said.

Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering topics including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history and a minor in geology.



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