Mysterious Green Meteor Shoots Across Sky in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa (VIDEO)

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A police dash camera captures the green fireball.
Scientists still aren't exactly sure what it was, but hundreds of people in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska reported a bright green meteor streaking across the sky Thursday night, making it the fifth most-reported fireball ever.

"I've never seen anything like this," says David Lane, a member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, to KCTV 5 in Kansas City. "I saw the huge ball and then green flashes. The colors were amazing."

The extremely bright meteor could have been stone, iron, ice, space junk or some other kind of debris, astronomers say. Whatever it was, it zipped into the earth's atmosphere at around 140,000 miles per hour, says Joe Wright, vice president of the Astrological Society of Kansas City, to KCTV 5.

Several people, including a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper in Sedalia, caught the fireball on tape.

Earlier this year, a similarly startling meteor blasted over central Russia, glowing 30 times brighter than the sun. Scientists warned the Russian meteor hinted at a growing risk for smaller asteroids in the future, according to National Geographic.

Meteors aren't rare, but seeing one is. This fireball was bright enough to see in urban areas throughout the Midwest -- even as far away as West Virginia.

Did you see the meteor? The American Meteor Society wants to know what you saw.

Continue reading for four more videos of the meteor.

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Faith Mustone
Faith Mustone

My sister and i saw this last night while out and about in Memphis,TN T'was cloudy out but it lite up tha clouds as it past by....... We thought of aurora borealis.....

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

I think it is the Amazon testing a drone... (Not really, but funny)

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

It was a UFO and I was abducted. I am now pregnant with triplets.

Sean Neuber
Sean Neuber

It was spotted in Illinois and Indiana too.

Josh Bucher
Josh Bucher

Option 1) Aliens do come and destroy companies like Monsanto. Aliens then spread diseases that groups like Monsanto could have worked to stop the diseases. Option 2) Aliens don't give two shits about the non-entities that Corporations are and come and kill all humans.

Rick Bozada
Rick Bozada

If it was around 5:30p it likely was the same fireball tracked near the IA/MN border. Quite impressive.

Kimberly Busch
Kimberly Busch

We seen what martin seen on thanksgiving evening. There were several of them in some kind of formation. They literally rose up from the tree line, fle up and then literally disappeared. No sound at all. Are tv went out for a few minutes

Trish Diehl
Trish Diehl

Yes on my way to Washington last Thursday note

Bryan Haberberger
Bryan Haberberger

Definitely what my rents and i witnessed on our way to some fine mexican dining. It was pretty surreal

Kerry Russell
Kerry Russell

I really hope it is a higher life form coming here to destroy all the companies that are destroying our Earth. Down with MONSANTO!

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

In case anyone caught it, I'd like it back.

Carson Lewallen
Carson Lewallen

Bryan Haberberger isn't this what you saw in the sky?

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

It was a UFO and i was abducted!

Martin Gilbertson
Martin Gilbertson

I saw it, but it appeared bright orange and changed to red before it faded out...the tail appeared to be blue

Roger Gast
Roger Gast

was is identified as a meteor or a ufo? interesting.. lets see how they spin it.

Kevin Zimarik
Kevin Zimarik

Meth lab explosion? Just sayin'. #methmakescoolfireworks

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