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Fireball over Calhoun County may fill your 2020 bingo card

If a global plague and an Appalachian tropical storm weren’t enough absurdity for one year, meet the Eastaboga Fireball.

According to Birmingham television meteorologist James Spann — whose Twitter fans report virtually every odd thing they see in the heavens — people across Alabama saw a bright flash against the sky around 6 p.m. Sunday.

According to Spann’s Twitter feed, NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, which tracks such things, determined that a meteor entered the atmosphere 51 miles above Jacksonville and burned up over Eastaboga, traveling at a speed of 44,800 mph.

Attempts to reach the Meteoroid Environment Office were unsuccessful Monday, but The Star did confirm that there is such a thing as the Meteoroid Environment Office. One reader in Heflin did report seeing the fireball, as did a Star editor — who said the light from the event was bright enough to create shadows through tree branches over a sidewalk.

The size of the alleged meteor — before it burned up — is unclear.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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