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Ball of light flashes over South Florida, witnesses say

A ball of light in the sky resembling a meteor was reported Sunday night by several people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties..

“Looking over the Biscayne Bay from downtown, I saw an object falling from the sky,” said Brad Greenberg, 30, of Miami in a tweet about 6:30 p.m. “At first, the object was faintly glowing and moving fast but not nearly as fast as a shooting star.”

He said the object burned bright, as though a fuse reached an explosive, and then it was gone.

“The whole thing last maybe three seconds,” he said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office reported receiving several calls claiming there were “lights in the sky.”

Jeff Kleinman, day editor of The Miami Herald, was with his daughter at the Aventura Mall when she pointed out a flash in the sky.

“We thought it was a plane going down at first or an errant firework,” Kleinman wrote in an email. “Yellow to green flash from west to east, it seemed.”

On Friday, a meteor sped through the sky over Russia and exploded about 15 miles overhead near the town of Chelyabinsk. The shockwave reportedly injured more than 1,100 people.

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