Reports of a fireball from a descending meteor lit up social media Friday evening, as residents on St. Thomas and Puerto Rico posted photos and videos of the brief but dazzling spectacle.

The meteor survived the Earth’s atmosphere and plummeted into view around 5:30 p.m., although the American Meteor Society indicates several reports of meteor sightings — particularly in Puerto Rico — from 5 to 6 p.m.

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