Stunning Videos Show Colorado Fireball Shooting Across the Night Sky

Videos have captured a fireball from space blazing across the skies of Colorado on Sunday night, prompting dozens of eyewitness reports.

Information on the fireball has been collected by the American Meteor Society (AMS) thanks to submissions from local residents.

Most of the footage was captured accidentally on home security cameras such as Nest or Ring. They can be viewed on YouTube by searching for "AMS event #6226-2021."

They all seem to show the same thing. A dark and still night suddenly illuminated by a bright blue ball of light.

It flickers momentarily before rapidly dimming into a small orange ball that leaves a fiery trail before flashing out of sight.

The whole event lasted no longer than a couple of seconds, but in that time the light was enough to illuminate the ground almost as though it were daytime, depending on the position of the camera. The below footage was submitted to AMS by Cory Breider.

According to an AMS map, nearly all of the 50 eyewitness reports are based in central and north Colorado, with one in Wyoming and another in New Mexico.

Jeff G., who sent in a report and the below security camera footage from Westminster, Colorado, wrote in their witness report: "The whole sky lit up."

Amanda Wahrer, who was based in Arvada, Colorado, said: "I saw this live driving westbound on Pena Blvd having just dropped my husband off at DIA. Realized later that my doorbell cam back in Arvada also caught the event."

She attached the doorbell cam footage below, which shows how the fireball appears in the sky above her front porch, briefly illuminating the streets before flashing out of existence.

Almost all of the reports state that the fireball appeared at around 10:31 a.m. UT, or around 6:31 a.m. ET.

According to AMS, a fireball is defined as a meteor that is particularly bright—brighter than the planet Venus.

Meteors are the result of a meteoroid—a lump of space rock between ten microns and a meter wide—passing through Earth's atmosphere at high speed.

When these objects hit our planet's atmosphere they are slowed and heated by friction, resulting in a bright light that we can see.

Fireballs aren't usually large enough to make it to the Earth intact, but even if they explode in the sky they can cause powerful shockwaves.

In February 2013, an asteroid exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia, causing a blinding flash, a sonic boom, and a shockwave that smashed windows over 200 square miles. According to NASA, more than 1,600 people were injured.

The asteroid was around the size of a house and was traveling at a speed of more than 11 miles per second.

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A stock photo shows an artist's depiction of a space rock burning up in the atmosphere. The Colorado fireball was reported by dozens of people. layritten/Getty