SEE: Meteor flashes across North Florida skies, falls to Earth as fireball

A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above desert pine trees on August 13, 2015 in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation

A bright meteor streaked across the night sky late Saturday, startling residents with reports of sightings from Alabama to Georgia and North Florida.

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A driver in Gainesville, Florida, even captured the fireball falling to Earth on his dashcam, posting the video to social media.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee confirmed the event, tweeting: “Did you see it? A meteor was caught on GOES Lightning Mapper (GLM) around … 11:52 PM ET!”

A weather satellite, the GOES-16, used to track lightning during stormy weather, was able to pinpoint the meteor’s location. Meteors are bright like lightning, so the satellite was able to pick it up.