A POLICE officer in the US has inadvertently captured footage of a large meteor streaking across the night sky.

Hamilton Township police Sergeant Michael Virga of New Jersey, told NJ.com he was on patrol early Sunday when his vehicle dashcam captured footage of a fireball just after 3am.

He recalled how it suddenly "lit up the entire sky like a lime green streak."

At first he wasn't sure he captured it until he checked his official dashcam later.

The American Meteor Society confirmed that the fireball was a meteor.

The Society announced the official confirmation after receiving multiple reports from witnesses about it.

A meteor captured by a police dashcam in the US. Picture: Twitter/NBC News
A meteor captured by a police dashcam in the US. Picture: Twitter/NBC News

 

In a statement on its website, the AMS said it had has received more than 120 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Pennsylvania.

"The fireball was seen primarily from Pennsylvania but was also seen from New York, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Washington, DC," it stated.

The footage of the meteor has gone viral on social media around the world.

It was a bolide. This is a large, bright meteor that explodes in the atmosphere.



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