A bright meteor fireball disintegrated in the sky over Puerto Rico on January 17 at 4:30 p.m. EST time Friday, Jan 17. Picture via NOAA satellite

While the disaster-striken Puerto Rico is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented earthquake swarm, a bright fireball exploded across the sky in Puerto Rico Friday afternoon, prompting local residents to speculate if it was a bad omen.

The NOAA satellite captured the brilliant space rock exploding over Puerto Rico at around 4:30 p.m. EST time on Jan 17.

According to astronomers, such a large ball of fire is quite a rare event. Some even say, the celestial body may have measured at least a few feet in length.

Many skywatchers reported hearing a loud noise.

Puerto Rico is experiencing an unprecedented earthquake swarm since December 28, 2019 and residents are still struggling to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

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