New Jersey Police Officer's Dashcam Catches Fireball Flash Across Sky

Meteorologist Steve Sosna explains the reason why some New Jersian's may have seen a giant fireball fly over their house.

(Published Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)

A South Jersey police was on patrol when a flash of light suddenly streaked across the early morning sky.

Hamilton Township police Sgt. Michael Virga's dashcam captured the fireball streaking across the sky around 3:09 a.m. Saturday, the Mays Landing-based police department said. The light explodes before disappearing, a rare event called a bolide, police said.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said the light green flash, believed to be a meteor, lasted less than two seconds. Virga’s dashcam captured it from right to left.