The Mystery Fireball in the Sky

More than 1,200 people in at least six states witness fireball in the sky.
3:00 | 12/30/13

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we turn tnow to that flash in the sky we showed you here on "world news." Turns out, with help from social media, there were hundreds of reports of fightings. But tonight, is there consensus? Abc's clayton sandell now. Reporter: More than 1,200 people in at least six states saw it, some thought it was lightning, others, fireworks. "Hi husband saw the fireball on his drive home," one woman tweeted. "He thought it was a plane crashing." Cameras captured a bright streak zipping west on a path from roughly cedar rapids, iowa, to des moines. It was the day after christmas, so, not santa claus, but still a mystery. It was a fireball meteor. Which is a meteor that is brighter than the planet venus. And its origins could have either been from a comet, a piece of a comet, or it could have been from the asteroid belt. Reporter: Whatever it was, it apparently burned up harmlessly, unlike this much larger meteor that, in february, came blasting through russian airspace. Sending debris and shattered glass flying, injuring hundreds, but also kicking off a cosmic scavenger hunt for valuable pieces of space rock from far, far away. With this meteorite fall, there's no doubt that millions and million of dollars in value of -- of pieces fell to the earth. Reporter: They don't have to be big to be bright. This meteor over the east coast in march, about the size of a refrigerator. The good news is, the last time anyone can confirm getting hit by a meteor was back in the 1950s. So, you have a better chance of winning the lottery than you do getting hit by a meteorite. Reporter: Clayton sandell,

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