Fireball over Cuba exploded with energy of 1,400 tons of TNT, NASA says

A meteor seen burning up above Florida before disintegrating with a loud blast over Cuba released plenty of power in the process.

A bright fireball blazed a smoky, steamy trail across the Florida sky Friday afternoon as it rushed to its final fate over Vinales, Cuba. Moments later, a loud sonic boom preceded the meteor breaking up and raining fragments down on the western end of the island nation.’

Such powerful meteoroid events actually aren’t all that rare, but they usually happen over the ocean or unpopulated areas with few potential witnesses. A more powerful blast was actually recorded when a meteor entered the atmosphere off the coast of Madagascar on Sept. 25.

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