Video: Meteor over DC?

posted at 10:01 am on March 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

All right, all you wiseguys who voted for the Sweet Meteor of Death in last year’s election. You have some explaining to do:

DC Breaking Local News Weather Sports FOX 5 WTTG

Did you see something streaking through the evening sky Friday night? Apparently, you weren’t alone.

Social media sites were buzzing with reports of a brief but bright flash of light that streaked across the sky along the East Coast.

One of our viewers, Kim Fox, from Thurmont, Md., sent us video from her home security camera that appears to show something streaking through the sky. The video is timestamped on 3/22/2013 at 7:53 p.m. Take a look and see the video for yourself. …

Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office said the flash appears to be “a single meteor event.” He said it “looks to be a fireball that moved roughly toward the southeast, going on visual reports.”

“Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” Cooke said. “The thing is probably a yard across. We basically have (had) a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast.”

Perhaps it’s the start of the 2016 presidential campaign. SMOD isn’t the only potential candidate making noise, either:

Vice President Biden will headline a pair of Democratic fundraisers this spring in crucial primary states, a scheduling decision likely to feed speculation that he is considering a White House bid.

The vice president will headline the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Detroit this April, the Associated Press reported Friday. The wire service also reported that Biden will go to Columbia, S.C., in May for that state’s Democratic Party dinner.

South Carolina and Michigan are both among the early voting states that typically shape the Democratic Party’s nominating process for the presidency.

Biden or SMOD? Tough choices.

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Too bad it missed.

Dr T on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Many report that it burned with a very green to blue color. That implies a lot of copper, probably, which could make this a piece of space junk that reentered. (There’s a lot of it up there) Many meteors have a large iron content, and you won’t get any green to blue color out of that.

I saw something like that once in the Arizona desert, the most brilliant meteoric display I have ever seen, streaking across the sky, breaking up and burning in various brilliant hues. Found out later it was something that had come up from Vandenburg and came back down. Wasn’t talked about much, but not a surprise since nothing that goes on at Vandenburg is talked about much.

Tom Servo on March 23, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I saw it here in Pennsylvania. I thought it might be a firecracker at first but then saw the buzz on the internet and realized what I had seen. It was green and seemed close by. Given our close proximation to the state of Delaware, I hope it bodes well for a Biden candidacy for 2016. I would like nothing better than to see him be the Dem nominee.

msmveritas on March 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Don’t be so gullible.

That weren’t no meteor.

“Klaatu barada nikto” anyone?

Bruno Strozek on March 23, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Isn’t Obama in Israel?

astonerii on March 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM

If liberals didn’t hate religion so much (except for Islam, of course), I bet they’d be telling us the meteor was a sign of approval for Obama’s trip to Israel.

Liam on March 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Speakup on March 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Biden or SMOD? Tough choices.

Not if those are my only two choices.

BigGator5 on March 23, 2013 at 10:40 AM

They just dialing in the sights.

johnnyU on March 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

It was a simple navigation error. The meteor got the sign of the longitude reversed and missed its Russian target. Look at a map.

philw1776 on March 23, 2013 at 10:43 AM

S.M.O.D. vs “What difference does it make…”

S.M.O.D. 2016!

workingclass artist on March 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Bring the SMOD

ted c on March 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Thank goodness it didn’t blow any windows out like the Russian meteor, or Obama would be proposing $500 billion in Washington D.C. emergency meteor damage recovery funding today.

jon1979 on March 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Too bad it missed.

Dr T on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Yup. Looks like another one of our candidates has become a disappointment. I can’t even look at a ham sandwich anymore…

Fallon on March 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Biden will never win the P-primary.

He’ll run because it is his last hurrah, and it gives him a last pile of money to hand out to cronies and he can have fun traveling the country on his own ‘other people’s money’ while escaping the burdensome drudgery of the VP work he’s had to do these last 6 years.

But the sun will set on Biden’s career by late Spring in 2016.

Dusty on March 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

All right, all you wiseguys who voted for the Sweet Meteor of Death in last year’s election. You have some explaining to do:

Dear God, why couldn’t it land on Congress while Congress was in session…

SWalker on March 23, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I blame global warming.

BDavis on March 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Skyfalling? Hell freezing over? All because the Senate finally did their job………well kind of.

Read the angst in the report below. It’s pathetic.

WASHINGTON — After a grueling, all-night debate that ended close to 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending——NO THE GROWTH IN SPENDING DOOFUS—- gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now.

The 50-49 vote sets up contentious — and potentially fruitless — negotiations with the Republican-dominated House in April to reconcile two vastly different plans for dealing with the nation’s economic and budgetary problems. No Republicans voted for the Senate plan on Saturday, and four Democrats — Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska and Max Baucus of Montana — also opposed it. All four are Red State Democrats up for re-election in 2014.

“The Senate has passed a budget,” Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the Senate Budget Committee chairwoman, declared at 4:56 a.m. Saturday.

The House plan ostensibly brings the government’s taxes and spending into balance by 2023 with cuts to domestic spending—-NO AGAIN DOOF, it’s cuts in the GROWTH of spending—–even below the automatic “sequestration” levels now roiling federal programs, and it orders significant changes to Medicare and the tax code.

The Senate plan, in contrast, includes $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years through legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the Senate plan would leave the government with a $566 billion deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that time.

……our leaders. God help us.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Biden will never win the P-primary.

He’ll run because it is his last hurrah, and it gives him a last pile of money to hand out to cronies and he can have fun traveling the country on his own ‘other people’s money’ while escaping the burdensome drudgery of the VP work he’s had to do these last 6 years.

But the sun will set on Biden’s career by late Spring in 2016.

Dusty on March 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

He beat the robot Paul Ryan.

Don’t bet the farm that Biden couldn’t be President. Hook him up with a Governor Castro from Texas and it could be a wipeout against the likely nominee Jeb Bush.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

And a voice was then heard as it called down from the heavens saying….

“Dammit, I missed!”

lonestarleeroy on March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Ed: Are you home now?

Blake on March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

He beat the robot Paul Ryan.

Conjecture.

…and wrong.

98ZJUSMC on March 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Vice President Biden will headline a pair of Democratic fundraisers this spring in crucial primary states, a scheduling decision likely to feed speculation that he is considering a White House bid

…that Bitme could even think of the possibility of success…shows how dumbed down America has become.

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Ed: Are you home now?

Blake on March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Not yet!

Ed Morrissey on March 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

shows how dumbed down America has become.

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

You can blame the NEA and the United States Department of Education for that.

SWalker on March 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

“Dammit, I missed!”

lonestarleeroy on March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

are you sure it wasn’t, “the next one is coming right for your head?”

ted c on March 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Ed: Are you home now?

Blake on March 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Not yet!

Ed Morrissey on March 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Well ya better hurry up and get home, rumor has it Allahpundit’s cat has sore paws and is threatening to go on strike… O_O

SWalker on March 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Add me to the list of people disappointed that it didn’t nail Clowngress in session. Preferably with every sitting Democrat, Obama, and Biden all in attendance.

MelonCollie on March 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

I’m glad you’re having a great time over there Ed. I got to fly into Rome *once* and thought that the area looked beautiful. I’d love to go back sometime.

ted c on March 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

You remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when the Lord rained fire and brimstone from the sky and destroyed the cities?

The meteor over Russia and the asteroid near miss and this one is the Lord taking warm-up pitches.

Its time we changed our ways

countrybumpkin on March 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

You remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when the Lord rained fire and brimstone from the sky and destroyed the cities?

The meteor over Russia and the asteroid near miss and this one is the Lord taking warm-up pitches.

countrybumpkin on March 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I would NOT put it past Him. These aren’t warm-up pitches, these are warning shots.

A few years back I wondered how much of a coincidence it was that Hurricane Katrina had clobbered a city living in filth just in time to completely disrupt a major gay celebration…

MelonCollie on March 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I’m glad you’re having a great time over there Ed. I got to fly into Rome *once* and thought that the area looked beautiful. I’d love to go back sometime.

ted c on March 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Something about area’s in the shadows of huge volcanoes. The volcanic ash tends to make the soil extremely fertile, and the periodic pyroclastic flows tend to level the landscape.

While I’ve never been to Rome, I did grow up in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Funny thing is that from what I have been told, Seattle, like Rome is built on seven hills.

While Seattle is considerable colder in the winter then Rome, I would imagine that they have a lot in common because they were both created by the same tectonic processes.

SWalker on March 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

A few years back I wondered how much of a coincidence it was that Hurricane Katrina had clobbered a city living in filth just in time to completely disrupt a major gay celebration…

MelonCollie on March 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Heh heh heh, as someone on the QOTD pointed out last night, now that ObamanationCare is the law of the land, when will the gays be put in the actuary’s “High Risk” column and denied health care?

SWalker on March 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Sounds alot like the meteor/meteorite I saw over Pittsburgh back in the early 90′s. The green color never comes through on the video.

forest on March 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

SMOD announcing intention to run in 2016.

OT: I expect panic in Philadelphia.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/ebt-cards-for-food-stamps-to-be-unavailable-for-13-hours-680538/

Philly on March 23, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Waiting for Harry to blame this on the seqeustration.

Jonathan on March 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Too bad it missed.

Dr T on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

My first thought.

rrpjr on March 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

For heaven’s sake, people, it’s an AIRPLANE. The flashes are the strobe lights.

batman on March 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Biden or SMOD? Tough choices.

Neither…it was .Howard Dean

JetBoy on March 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Thurmont? The president must have had a great view of it while night skeet shooting with Joe Biden at Camp David.

forest on March 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I sent the vid for enhancement to my buddy at Ames. It is a pink 59 Caddy and Gary Busey is behind the wheel.

Limerick on March 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

God is sure throwing a lot of rocks at us lately. A little irritation at the way we’ve been conducting our politics, hmmm?

RebeccaH on March 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Obviously this is the fault of sequestration.

GWB on March 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I live in Maine and since Christmas I have seen two of these. They were very big, one at night and one in the morning on the way to work. the one in the morning was seen by people in Ma and also looked green. It was reported on a local Ma radio station but never made national news.

Celestiallady on March 24, 2013 at 7:51 AM

I saw this, too. I was hoping they received my message and it was the Autobots coming to Earth to battle the evil de mocrats cepticons.

RandallinHerndon on March 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

And there shall be signs in the sky to show you when the time is near.

Hucklebuck on March 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM