Clark County man sees meteorite

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – It was quite a memorable morning for Clark County firefighter, Brandon Stamper.

"I looked back and it was a big ball of fire," said Stamper. "My dad came out and said, 'Did you see that?' I said, 'Yeah."

Kentucky is among five other state that saw a bright fireball across the sky at about 7 a.m. Thursday.

Dr. Marco Ciocca, at Eastern Kentucky University's Physics and Astronomy Department, says asteroids collide in outer space all the time, sending debris down towards the Earth.

"Every day, little pieces come through and every so often, you get a big one and that's what they saw, 100-percent," said Dr. Ciocca.

For eyewitnesses like Stamper, it's not something you expect to see.

"I thought it was the 4th of July or something."

For experts whose livelihood depends on astrological events like this, it's a reminder that something bigger is out there.

"It's a calling from the stars," he said. "Zeus doesn't like what we're doing."

A "fireball" is another term for a very bright meteor.

An estimate trajectory shows the meteor was traveling from the west to east and ended somewhere over eastern Indiana.

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