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Local sheriff's office captures video of meteor over Big Bend, South Georgia

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Posted at 6:21 PM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-01 18:27:46-04

COOK COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Turns out it was a meteor.

A Cook County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle’s in-car camera captured a video of the meteor seen across southern skies on March 30.

Around 11:53 p.m. that night, a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy was performing a traffic stop on the southbound lanes of I-75 around mile marker 43 in the Sparks, Georgia area when the in-car camera of his patrol vehicle inadvertently caught the image of the meteor as it lit up the sky.

The National Weather Service in Charleston confirmed a mapping tool "detected the released light from the suspected fireball" over a spot about 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) east of Tallahassee just before midnight.

Saturday's flash followed meteor sightings across the southeast early Friday. The American Meteor Society says more than 150 reports were recorded in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

You can read more about the meteor here.

Slow-mo video of the meteor is below: