FoxNews is reporting that a large meteor was sighted over Florida. A search of the website The Latest Worldwide Meteor Reports shows a number of reports from Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Port St. Lucie, Miramar, West Palm Beach (where Obama is vacationing) as well as other locations yesterday Feb. 17th around 6:30 pm Eastern Time.
None of the people who witnessed the fireball reported any sonic boom.
On the same day a number of meteor sightings were reported in California (Escondito), New York (Remsen), Arkansas (Springdale) and Maine (Mechanic Falls). The Arkansas event was the only one that produced a sonic boom. All of these sightings occurred about 7 pm local time.
The world map is also showing a meteor sighted at Bundaberg, Australia and Calne, Wiltshire, UK.
If you happen to witness a “fireball” you can file a report at the website. A “fireball” is a singular event unlike the periodical and predictable meteor showers which appear as tiny streaks overhead. Fireballs appear large, bright and low on the horizon with a tail. Colors range from blue, white to yellow orange.
I recall seeing one a young boy back in the 1960s. It was night time and my dad pointed at the window and yelled “LOOK!” and I saw a bright bluish green ball with a reddish orange tail. The event is remembered as the “Kecksburg UFO.”