Flash in East Coast sky has social media buzzing

WASHINGTON (AP) - Social media sites are buzzing with reports of a flash of light streaking across the sky along the East Coast.

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."

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