A brilliant fireball streaked across the skies of Arizona at 12:32 UTC (05:32 LT) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and was also spotted in several southwest U.S. states. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 64 reports about the meteor.
In a rare event, another fireball was seen across the state just within the day, at 20:14 LT or at 03:14 UTC on Thursday, February 27, with AMS acquiring 66 reports from various states in the same region.
Witnesses from different cities in Arizona-- as far north as Flagstaff and as far south as Chandler in Phoenix-- reported seeing the fireball moving from northwest to southeast on Wednesday. The meteor reportedly ended its flight somewhere over the Mazatzal Peak.
Residents in neighboring states were also able to observe the fireball, particularly those in California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.
"This does appear to be a bright meteor," said Robert Lunsford with the AMS.
An onlooker from Chandler noted that it was "one of the most incredible and terrifying experiences" he has ever had, while a watcher from Murrieta, California wrote that it was "probably the best meteorite/fireball" he has ever seen.
"It was one of a kind. I've never seen anything like it," described an eyewitness from Kingman.