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WASHINGTON (WUSA9/WUSA9) -- There was a free light show in the skies on Friday evening in the DC area.

Multiple accounts of some kind of a meteor flying by at around 8 p.m. excited thousands of DMV residents on Twitter and Facebook.

WUSA9 Photojournalist, Kurt Brooks, is always rolling on his dashcam in his news vehicle. He got video of the meteor flying through the sky at night.

Kim Fox, from Thurmont, Md., got video of the possible meteor on her home security camera and sent it here to WUSA9.

Social media sites were buzzing with the East Coast sighting.

Donald Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program in Pasadena, Calif., said he's aware of the reports and that they appear to be consistent with a meteor shower.

Yeomans told The Associated Press that he didn't know the cause of the Friday night sightings. He said meteor showers are not that rare, but added "it's unusual to have so many people see it."

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told USA Today "it basically looked like a super bright shooting star."


Yeomans said meteor showers don't typically reach the ground. He said they're generally made up of chunks of asteroids that enter the earth's atmosphere, and if small enough, "burn up after putting on a good show."

Do you have pictures or videos of the meteor? Send them to us at wusa-webproduction@wusa9.com.

Happy sky-watching!

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