Watch: Police dashcam captures shooting fireball across New Jersey sky
New Jersey : A police department in South Jersey shared its dashcam video on Facebook that captured shooting fireball across the skies over New Jersey on December 2.
Hamilton police Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol early Sunday when his vehicle dashcam captured footage of a fireball at 3:09 a.m. Watch video:
Explaining the event, Virga said the fireball emerged from the skies and disappeared behind the trees in a matter of few seconds.
"It kind of took me by surprise," Virga said. "I just saw a little blip -- it lit up the entire sky like a lime green streak."
The stunning video has been posted on the official Facebook page of Hamilton Police Department. The fireball captured is believed to be a meteor that entered into Earth's atmosphere and burned up before hitting the surface.
"On December 2, 2017 at 3:09 am, Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol when his vehicle dashcam caught a fireball in the sky," the department said in a statement.
"The event was confirmed by the American Meteor Society (AMS) who received numerous reports along the east coast for this event.
"AMS states a fireball is another term for a very bright meteor or about the same brightness of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky. A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation."