- Associated Press - Saturday, February 16, 2019

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Experts say a fireball streaking across the night sky over central Florida this week was a large meteor.

Spalding Allsky Camera Network Director Dwayne Free says the meteor was up to a foot (30 centimeters) wide and exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with a force equal to 100 tons (90 metric tons) of TNT.

Florida Today reports the fireball was seen around 2 a.m. Tuesday along Florida’s Space Coast from Titusville to Palm Bay.

The bright, greenish light was recorded by surveillance cameras and a camera feeding data to the Spalding Allsky Camera Network.

The private network provides data to NASA’s Planetary Defense Office’s Asteroid Threat Assessment Project in California.

The meteor also was confirmed by the Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron, which specializes in weather assessments for the Kennedy Space Center.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), http://www.floridatoday.com

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