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Meteor lights up sky over Southern states

By JEFF MARTIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - NASA officials say brilliant lights and loud booms reported in Alabama and Georgia were a meteor that streaked across the South.

Officials at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville said a baseball-size fragment of a comet entered Earth's atmosphere above Alabama at 8:18 p.m. Central Time on Monday.

NASA officials say the meteor traveled at a speed of 76,000 mph. They say that just three seconds after hitting the atmosphere, it disintegrated 25 miles above the Alabama town of Woodstock, producing a flash of light. Woodstock, Ala. is about 30 miles southwest of Birmingham, Ala.

NASA says eyewitnesses the meteor produced sonic booms because it penetrated so deep into Earth's atmosphere.

Music fans at a Mumford & Sons concert in Pelham Monday night also reported seeing a brilliant flash of light.

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