VIDEO: Dashcam captures fireball streaking across sky in New Jersey

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of people across the northeast reported seeing a big, bright fireball streaking across the night sky on Sunday.

The American Meteor Society said the fireball traveled from east to west around 7:22 p.m. and ended its visible flight somewhere near Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

They received more than 210 reports about the fireball from 12 states, including Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

A Lakewood resident captured the event on dashcam video, which was shared to Twitter by The Lakewood Scoop.

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly described it as "a bright, low flying meteor."

According to the American Meteor Society, the brighter the fireball, the more rare is the event.

"As a general thumb rule, there are only about 1/3 as many fireballs present for each successively brighter magnitude class, following an exponential decrease," the AMS said. "Experienced observers can expect to see only about 1 fireball of magnitude -6 or better for every 200 hours of meteor observing, while a fireball of magnitude -4 can be expected about once every 20 hours or so."

While several thousands fireballs occur in the Earth's atmosphere daily, most occur over oceans and uninhabited regions and during the day, making them harder to see.

According to the AMS, a weeks-long meteor shower event is expected to peak this week, likely Wednesday and Thursday nights.