Fireball over Missouri on August 27th

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AMS Event #3262-2018 – Witness Location and estimated ground trajectory

Over 500 fireball reports from 8 states

The AMS has received over 500 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Missouri on August 27th, 2018 around 8:40pm CDT (August 28th 01:40 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Missouri but was also seen from Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Nebraska.

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The event has been caught on an AMS Camera operated by Dana &s; Keith Jenkerson from South of Kansas city. As you can see below, the velocity of the object was pretty low and we can clearly see a fragmentation (which means that despite its shallow angle, the meteoroid actually went through the Earth atmosphere).

Other videos of the event have been shared with AMS:

Captured and shared by D. Bush from Albany, MO – Report #147988 (3262hq-2018)

Captured by P. Simpson from Peculiar, Missouri

AMS Event #3262-2018 – Estimated 3D trajectory



  • Melissa 5 years ago

    I was on my Harley going north on Illinois 100. The great river road. I was just passing Lockhaven country club. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve seen.
    It seemed as if the tail of this reach from Missouri side of the river going west to east. To well past the river road. So close I felt I could reach up and touch it.

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    • Carla 5 years ago

      I’m glad to see someone else saw this near me. I was heading west on Moro Road and could hardly believe what I was seeing.

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    • Shawn 5 years ago

      I was on Route 3 near Clifton Terrace and seen it. It was so cool when it started to break apart.

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  • Joe Cornelius 5 years ago

    I saw this fireball on August 27th 2018 at approximately 8:40pm from Springfield, IL. It happened im the western horizon, was very low om the horizon, and appeared to ne moving from south east to northwest actoss the sky.

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    • Ben Kress 5 years ago

      I saw it from Decatur as well at the same time, described the same way. It appeared to be moving a bit slower that what I have seen before, but looked amazing!

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    • BILL GULLEY 5 years ago

      I saw it at the same time same trajectory fom Bellevue Nebraska. It was low in the s.e. horizon and split up right before it burned up.

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  • carlye schroeder 5 years ago

    So beautiful- saw this over downtown KC last night!

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  • April Collins 5 years ago

    This was so beautiful! I was on the phone with a friend (I in Appleton City MO and she in KCMO ) and we both saw this. It seemed so low in the sky, I am happy I witnessed this!

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    • Lindsay 5 years ago

      Off subject but don’t see many people from Appleton city! That’s where my family is from!

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  • Chris 5 years ago

    I saw it from Springfield MO. It was to the North and traveled roughly East to West, it broke up as it lost altitude. Largest fireball I’ve ever seen.

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    • Walter King 5 years ago

      I second that. We saw from Highlandville South of Springdield. Northern horizon relative to our position traveling Northeast to NorthWest (right to left) appearing perfectly lateral or perpendicular to our position.

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  • Michele L'Abbe 5 years ago

    I’m pretty sure I seen this also . In Canada, ont , pebble beach

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  • Brian Turner 5 years ago

    It was fabulous! Walked out of Target at 151st & 69 in Overland Park, KS at 8:39pm About a 7 second duration & looking east, it moved across the lower 1/2 of the sky, SE to NW, before burning up & fragmented into 2 large pieces & several small which disappeared pretty fast. Extremely bright. Green & yellow. Didn’t see a smoke trail as it was pretty dark. It was the brightest one I have ever seen, for sure.

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    • Elizabeth O'Toole 5 years ago

      My daughter and I were driving East on 151st towards 69, just passing the Target when we saw the meteor, also. Absolutely incredible and just as Brian described.

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  • Vern Modeland 5 years ago

    What is a fireball? Is that anything like a meteor?

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    • Robert Lunsford 5 years ago

      Hi Vern and All,

      A fireball is a term we use for a bright meteor. So basically it is still a meteor/shooting star, just larger and brighter than normal.

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  • Brent M 5 years ago

    I saw this in Shawnee KS. Very bright and broke into a few pieces.

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  • Tim 5 years ago

    My wife and I were boating at Lake of the Ozarks when I saw a ball of fire coming straight at me. From the middle of the lake, lasted long enough for me turn off the boat and show my wife as it went past us and split into two pieces then burnt out. Amazing how big and close it seemed. Evidently it split and burned out as it entered the earths atmosphere. I wonder how large that is while on fire?

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    • Robert Lunsford 5 years ago

      Tim and All,

      A meteor the size of a softball can produce the light of the full for a instant before it disintegrates. This is due to the extreme velocity at which these objects strike the atmosphere. I have a feeling this object was larger than a softball, perhaps beach ball sized?

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  • Leslie Payne 5 years ago

    I seen whatever it was as a stream of colors attached to a glow to the north of my location north of Bolivar Missouri. It was traveling low from southeast to northwest at or about 8:30 pm Monday evening. It was beautiful and I am just happy other people witnessed it.

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  • Amy Kenney 5 years ago

    I saw this in Warrensburg, MO! It was incredible!

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  • Barb Comegys 5 years ago

    I was outside with my camera, and got a shot of it as it went over my house from east to west/north west. It was beautiful, but my camera was set on night and I did not have time to change settings and so it turned out black and white….mine shows the long tail that reminded me of trailing stars;.

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  • Ron 5 years ago

    We seen it going south on Highway 69. Just south of Osceola Iowa about 8:40 p.m. it looked red right blue and then green then exploded

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  • courtland blakely 5 years ago

    I have a video of this event. i live in brashear. if anyone wants me to email it i can.

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  • Walter 5 years ago

    I saw the fireball on August 27th 2018 at approximately 8:40 pm from Olathe, KS.

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  • Ron 5 years ago

    We saw this in Overland Park, KS!!!

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  • Darrin 5 years ago

    I was driving north on Highway 13 just north of Branson West, MO when my wife pointed it out to me. At first I thought it was a medivac helicopter because it was so bright and lasted so long in the sky, but when it broke up at the end I knew we had witnessed something special.

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    • Del 5 years ago

      I’m also in Buffalo, and I ran outside, expecting to see a impact, it looked so close. I thought plane crash too.

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      • Del 5 years ago

        Whoops, that was supposed to be a reply to Richelle

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  • Damion 5 years ago

    I saw it on my walk for about 8 seconds. Pretty cool. Lawrence ks

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  • T. North 5 years ago

    Viewed clearly in Claycomo, Missouri. Had no idea what I saw until reading this article. Thought at first maybe a “drone prank” with 2 orbs of whitish blue light turning red while it faded from sight heading NNW.

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  • Richelle 5 years ago

    I live in a small town Buffalo. And my Dad saw it that night. And thought it was a plane crashing. We were actually kind of waiting for something to come up on the News.

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  • Teresa 5 years ago

    Seen it from Clinton, AR while riding horseback at the Chuckwagon Races!

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    • Scott 5 years ago

      I was traveling north on I49 near Fayetteville when I saw this. Spectacular site, especially when it fragmented!

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      • Mark 5 years ago

        I was in Rogers AR. I was walking dogs and facing West but as soon as I turned around I saw it. Didnt get to see the whole thing. Pretty amazing

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  • Chuck 5 years ago

    Saw it from westbound I-70 in Wentzville, MO. Thought it was helicopter landing at hospital.

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  • Amy 5 years ago

    I saw this in Sullivan,IL traveling from southeast to northwest. It was beautiful and amazing! I didn’t know what it was but I’m glad to know it’s a normal occurrence and not some apocalyptic event.

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  • Jason Back 5 years ago

    I saw this driving home from work on a country road with little streetlight pollution (between Nixa and Springfield MO). Glad I was looking up.

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  • Marta 5 years ago

    I seen the fireball streaking across the sky my location was 19th and Hardesty Kansas City Missouri.

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  • Jesse 5 years ago

    I was in my back yard in Wright City on hwy f and saw it really bright and slow, as far as the sky is concerned, across the sky towards town. (Wright City)

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  • Maggie 5 years ago

    Saw it while driving from cedar Rapids to Iowa city along 380. It broke apart and burnt up. Was pretty epic

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  • Harry Howard 5 years ago

    I saw this driving home from work, I was driving north, a little north east of Asbury MO. About 8:40. Pretty awesome thing to witness.

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  • Brenda 5 years ago

    My husband and I saw this during our evening walk in Chariton Iowa

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  • Julie 5 years ago

    Saw it near Greenup, IL as my husband and I were cruising in our Jeep through the countryside. We weren’t sure what we were seeing at the time but it was really cool!

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  • Hawkeye 5 years ago

    I saw it in Des Moines, Iowa. Slightly above tree tops. I thought it was airplane landing lights until the fragment broke off and fell.

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  • Valentin 5 years ago


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    • Robert Lunsford 5 years ago

      Valentin and All,

      No, it is not possible for the same fireball to be visible so far apart. The limit is around 500 miles or 800km.

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  • Tim Kline 5 years ago

    I was outside watering plants on the south side of my home in Naperville IL. It was dark and I was talking to a neighbor who withessed this with me just above the horizon to our west traveling south to north arcing downward toward inpact. Our view was limited between two houses. It was quite bright and large. We both commented about seeing an extraterrestrial event. Just found this article to tell me we weren’t crazy.

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  • KIM 5 years ago

    My kids and I was sitting outside and saw this last night in Golden City, Missouri south of K.C. At first I thouht it was a Airplane on fire, it was so low it seemed and I realized it wasn’t when it started breaking up. It was awesome to see.

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  • Myrna Crisswell 5 years ago

    Saw the fire ball traveling between 3 and 4:00 in the eastern sky, going north. Quite speedy, very bright and then it broke into 4 pieces with the pieces disintegrating while the main fire ball continued on a bit more before disappearing. Observed via horseback from 2000 Rd and US 75 Hwy, Benedict, KS.

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  • Marnie 5 years ago

    I live in Branson,MO and was outside working in my garden late. It was between 8:30 and 8:45 that I looked up and saw something flash in the North. I thought it was a falling star because I guess I just caught the tail end of it.

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  • Sara 5 years ago

    I saw it (one) last night around 10:30, on Fifth St, near HWY 70

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  • Molly Miller 5 years ago

    My kids and I saw this in Russellville, AR!

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  • Austin 5 years ago

    Me and my girlfriend saw this in joplin missouri at about 8:45, we were driving north on main street and we looked up and saw a green ball streaking across the sky headed west, a snall piece broke off and both disappeared a couple seconds later

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  • Stuart H. 5 years ago

    I was sitting on my deck in Lee’s Summit, MO, looking the right direction at the right time and witnessed this meteor. I’ve seen many smaller ones. This one was by far the largest and most spectacular I’ve seen. I was very lucky.

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  • Eric M. 5 years ago

    Saw it in Holts Summit as I was setting up my scope for the night.

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  • Tristesse Garvis 5 years ago

    Me and my daughter saw it outside of Tipton, Iowa! It was amazing!!!

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  • Carol 5 years ago

    I was on phone and staring at the night sky. Looking west at the urban glow of st Charles missou5 from golden eagle Illinois. It was way bigger than the planes that follow the Mississippi river south to the airport. I though to myself, goshthats a bright plane and its flying in the wrong direction. I wonder if anyone on the planes saw it?

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  • Chris Edmonds 5 years ago

    I was leaving fencing club with a fellow member at the St. Peters Cultural Center (IE: City Hall West Wing) and looked up just at the right moment to see it overhead, streaking westward-ish, and called attention to it. Not too oriented or mindful enough to know where Perseus was, I thought that maybe it was a really late Perseid. Guess not…

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  • Seth M. 5 years ago

    My teammate and I where driving a semi truck near Springfield MO that evening when I spotted it. He just happened to be up to see it also. When I frist noticed it, it seemed to have a redish tail which fade a sec or two before it split apart. Wonderful site

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  • Lisa S. 5 years ago

    My husband and I were on our nightly dog walk in Smithville, MO Caught this bright light in my peripheral vision and looked up. My first thought was “who is setting of fireworks this time of year!” because it was so bright. The fireball traveled directly in front of us and broke into two pieces before burning out. So close, so bright, so cool!

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  • Elle 5 years ago

    I saw the from Springfield Illinois. It looked greenish blue and seemed to go on for ever. I’m so happy I got to witness it!

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  • Nanawood 5 years ago

    Saw it in Milwaukee Wisconsin! Absolutely amazing! My grandson spotted it and we watched it till we couldn’t see it anymore

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  • Nat 5 years ago

    It appeared as if it was flying low and parallel to the earth at 8:40. Watching it break apart with such a long tail was amazing. I had a great view with no light pollution from Stronghurst, IL. It is wild to see how many witnesses there are!

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  • rod 5 years ago

    saw this high on top of the hill in gravois mills mo…on hwy 5.
    kept thinking would hear it hit the ground..
    what a site to see!!! got to wishes in!!

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  • Kim Moss-Allen 5 years ago

    Awesome! I saw meteor from Offutt AFB and shared it on Facebook. A woman in the local community said she saw it also. 🙂 So cool!

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  • Angie Ayala 5 years ago

    I saw it 20-30 minutes ago. I told to myself: that is going too fast to be an airplane, plus it looked orage, like fire, and left no trails like human machines. I’m from Indiana Indianapolis, IN. People; the return of our LORD is very close; so far I observed there have been more than 5 fireballs this year. Mostly hit USA states.

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  • Mandi Jo 5 years ago

    I was on my patio in Lebanon, TN and saw this beautiful green streak of light like a shooting star but 10 x more amazing!!

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  • Tammy 5 years ago

    We we’re fishing at White Bear Lake in Minnesota, it was pretty dark here then, we both looked up and thought it was just a shooting star, but then saw three different pieces break off. Not sure is it was the same one, but timing sounds right.

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  • James Larabee 5 years ago

    Group of bicycle riders saw it at Pizza 51 at 51st and Oak.
    Very cool! So low in the sky I had to wonder it any of it made it to the ground.
    Saw the break up and flashes as it do so. I don’t think I ever saw something like this in my 53 yrs.

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  • L.R. 5 years ago

    On April 14, 2022 around 6:20 at dusk, I saw a very bright, illuminating light falling which appeared to be orangey/red at the top as it got closer & went down toward the trees in Longview Lake right of 470… it was amazing to see & looked unreal!

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