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Meteor Causes Bright Light, Loud Booms Over Alabama

Fireball passes within 25 miles of Earth's surface
A meteor passed unusually close to the Earth’s surface Monday night causing a bright sky light and loud booms over Alabama.

“It was a meteor, a fireball, and a very bright one," said NASA’s Bill Cooke who works at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville. "We tracked it down to the altitude of 25 miles, which is very low for a meteor," he told the website AL.com.

The meteor passed within 25 miles of the Earth’s surface which Cooke said is unusually close.

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