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Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)
NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon

Posted on 02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom

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I was driving west on 237 and crossing Middlefield when I saw the fireball at 7:42 PM. It was bright white, moving very fast, and headed in an almost-vertical trajectory (maybe 5 degrees off vertical). It seemed to have burned out just before it hit the ground, maybe a couple thousand feet altitude. Just before it burned out, it seemed to split into several smaller pieces. I guesstimated it hit in the coastal range, maybe between Palo Alto and Half Moon Bay.

What a spectacular sight -- first time in my life I've seen a meteor fireball.

1 posted on 02/15/2013 9:55:14 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; Saoirise

Ping


2 posted on 02/15/2013 10:00:16 PM PST by 444Flyer (Obama killed the Twinkie, but not the Terrorists in Benghazi. What's wrong with this picture?)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Ping


3 posted on 02/15/2013 10:01:37 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Aw heck, it did not wipe out SF? I know, shut up, a few conservatives still live there, and Frankenfinswine was probably not home.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 10:03:07 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Maybe the Mayan calendar was a few months off.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 10:03:21 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
What a spectacular sight -- first time in my life I've seen a meteor fireball.

I've seen lots of shooting stars and a few meteors, but never that close or spectacular.

6 posted on 02/15/2013 10:05:17 PM PST by umgud
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Was it flaming?


7 posted on 02/15/2013 10:07:03 PM PST by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Was it flaming?


8 posted on 02/15/2013 10:07:09 PM PST by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
It is a truly amazing sight. I'm glad you were able to witness it. I've only seen it once myself.

It was about a week before Christmas 1995. Some of my coworkers and I were walking to our cars, shortly before midnight, when there was a streak of light and a brilliant flash of light high over our heads. It was bright enough that it cast shadows off the light poles in the parking lot. I never saw anything on the news, but I figure the only thing it could have been was a meteor exploding high in the atmosphere.

9 posted on 02/15/2013 10:08:25 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
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To: Batman11

Is that a San Fran joke...or do you really want to know?


10 posted on 02/15/2013 10:09:58 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I saw it from Tacoma Wa. (Puyallup).
Sitting outside at my fire pit facing south.
Lasted about 1.5 seconds headed straight down.
Looked white from here. Bigger than any comet I ever saw.
Not really eye catching I was just looking at the sky in that spot
Very fast.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 10:10:53 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Vendome; null and void

Hey you guys.


12 posted on 02/15/2013 10:11:22 PM PST by thecodont
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To: ProtectOurFreedom; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Here's what really happened!


13 posted on 02/15/2013 10:12:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: umgud

Here in AZ we see them occasionally but none ‘big’.

A couple years back I saw the result of Vandenberg losing a rocket at altitude. It was indescribable other to say the shockwave and colors resulting from fuel dispersal just as the sun was setting made for an apocalyptic picture....and I had no camera...grrrrr.....

This was around 2004-2006ish.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 10:12:39 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Goodness! Gracious! Great balls of fire!


15 posted on 02/15/2013 10:12:49 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Batman11

It was like a flame.


16 posted on 02/15/2013 10:13:18 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: right way right

Wow, all the way up in Puyallup! I swear it was landing only a few miles from me. I was guessing 1.5 seconds duration as well. I just happened to be looking at that spot while driving, too — maybe 20 degrees off the roadway to the right. Luckily I was on an elevated section of the expressway, so I was above all the local trees and buildings and had a clear view.


17 posted on 02/15/2013 10:13:52 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
How many more rocks are up there are coming down? How big are they and where are the headed? I heard there were reports of ‘lights’ over Burbank last night. Are meteorites fracturing and raining down in various spots in tiny bits?
18 posted on 02/15/2013 10:14:52 PM PST by 444Flyer (Obama killed the Twinkie, but not the Terrorists in Benghazi. What's wrong with this picture?)
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To: right way right

Had to be a different one.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 10:16:29 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: 444Flyer

“...up there are coming down?” are=and


20 posted on 02/15/2013 10:16:29 PM PST by 444Flyer (Obama killed the Twinkie, but not the Terrorists in Benghazi. What's wrong with this picture?)
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