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Meteor lights up U.S. East Coast

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Meteor lights up East Coast -- and social media

(CNN) -- The streaking ball of fire Friday night above the East Coast did not, alas, signal the end to civilization as we know it.

Though you might get that sense from social media.

The sky lit up along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard with reports of "a thin streak of blue-greenish-white" from people like Chip Guy, who was driving in eastern Maryland when he and his family he spotted it.

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It came over long island.did u see the video it looks like it was tumbling very cool

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Any videos to post? Gotta sleep for work but would love to see some eyewitness footage on here tomorrow!

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Any videos to post?

There is a video in the CNN article I quoted. I didn't want to post it here because of copyright issues, but follow the link and your wish will be fulfilled.

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The Russians outdid us with their earth-shattering kaboom meteor. :D

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The Russians outdid us with their earth-shattering kaboom meteor. :D

I'm sure they would have been quite happy for the USA to "win" that one.

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Small Asteroid Behind East Coast Meteor Friday

The dramatic fireball that lit up skies over the U.S. East Coast on Friday evening was caused by an asteroid just 3 feet (0.9 meters) or so wide, scientists say.

Such boulder-size asteroids slam into Earth's atmosphere every two or three days, so Friday's "Manhattan meteor" -- which shone as brightly as the full moon and was apparently visible from Maine to North Carolina -- wasn't a terribly rare event. But the sensation it created on Twitter and other social media outlets is understandable nonetheless, said NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

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