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Possible meteorite wakes many in SC

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GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) - The National Weather Service and emergency dispatchers from across the Upstate say they got numerous calls overnight from people who heard a loud explosion that was followed by lights streaking across the sky.

NWS staffers said they got a call from Greenville police around 2:00 a.m. They said after they started getting calls, they checked the security camera at the National Weather Service and saw a faint, barely recognizable flash of light at 1:42 a.m.

A NWS representative said it may have been a meteor, but that his agency does not investigate these events.

NASA would be the source to confirm meteor activity. The agency has not yet returned a call.

In Spartanburg County alone, dispatchers took about 75 calls, and reports are coming in from as far away as Lexington, N.C. and Carrollton, Ga.

Firefighters with the Reidville fire department in Spartanburg County witnessed the light show first hand. They said it happened at about 1:55 a.m.

Retired astronomer Doug Gegen did not see the light in the sky, but he said based on what he is hearing from everybody, it sounds like it was an unusual meteor.

"People saw a lot of lights in the sky, but what does that mean really? Well, it means that probably there was some kind of thing happening that was out of the ordinary," said Gegen.

Gegen said the event was different than annual meteor showers such as the Leonids, which peak every November.

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