This was an incredible sight! At first I thought it was an airplane with something wrong with it. The tail was extremely long and extremely bright and lasted a long enough time for me to do a double take before I realized what it was and then I followed it to see it end in a blast/explosion. I have seen shooting stars before, but this appeared to be so close to the earth, that I initially thought there was no way it was celestial.
We've been down this road before, like just the other day! It's no surprise that people spotted some meteors zipping through the sky during the Orionid Meteor Shower.
What is surprising is how bright and big these fireballs were! Descriptions of these shooting stars sound a whole lot like the descriptions of other ginormous shooting stars from September and October.
Even the most jaded star gazer is getting blown away by these latest fireballs.
Watch video of one of these fireballs, captured by a NASA cam:
Here are some of the reports from Texans sent to AMSMeteors.org (which you can read yourself here and here):
And a few reports of UFO sightings that sound more like meteor sightings to me:
I was sitting on the 3rd floor of my apartment talking on the phone. I was sitting on my couch looking at the sky. When I see this Green HUGE fluorescent light, it was like the fluorescent glow sticks that you can buy at the store, but 10 times brighter and deeper pretty color. The color was reflecting of the clouds and that gave me the view and I was able to determine the shape and see the sliver polish object. It was like round-oval, I was frozen during my conversation- speechless and the person on the grounds that was walk, said the "WTF". It looked like it was descending into the neighborhood. It was about a mere 7 sec of witnessing this site. Then it was gone. The person that I was talking too on the phone was like what is going on.. And I just stated that I saw an object flying, no sound or nothing, then it was gone. This was fast and I couldn't take pictures..
Did you see one of the Orionids? Do you have video or photos? LET US KNOW!