Shortly after 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, people in two states looked to the sky to see a greenish streak of light that the Federal Aviation Administration has now said was a meteor.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said late Wednesday the agency received reports from people who saw the object as far north as Oklahoma City and as far south as Houston, and many sightings were from the Walker County area.
Lunsford told the Associated Press that FAA officials knew it wasn't an airplane people were seeing, and a meteor was the likely candidate.
More than 20 people took to the Item's Facebook page to report sightings on Wednesday. Julie Ashworth and daughter, Stormie, were driving to their home on Highway 30. When she pulled into her driveway, Ashworth said she saw a bright light over her home.
“I looked over and it looked really low. It was really bright,” she said. “I thought it was a helicopter.”