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East Coast Meteor Strike As 'Bright As A Burning Plane' Reported - But Did It Actually Happen?

03/03/2014 11:02 GMT | Updated 03/03/2014 15:59 GMT

A meteor so bright it was mistaken for a burning plane was spotted across America's East Coast last week - or was it?

The American Meteor Association logged calls from hundreds of people last week claiming to have seen the fireball streaking across the sky.

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AMS's 'heat map'

But intriguingly not one of them appears to have taken a photo of it or filmed it.

Adding to the mystery is the Daily Mail's coverage of the event which quotes a number of people's reactions to it.

Thing is, these quotes are actually referring to a meteor that streaked across the sky in May of last year.

The same meteor acknowledged by one rather humourless tweeter here...

So what really happened? Was there really a meteor last week or was it all just a social media-fuelled mass hallucination?

Answers on a postcard...

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