CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fireball streaks across the Ozarks Sunday afternoon

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 5:42 PM CDT
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You may have been one of the lucky ones to see or hear the meteor as it streaked across the sky Sunday afternoon.

It was tough to see, but Brett Cooper was driving south near Paola, Kan., and his dashcam caught the fireball.

Self-proclaimed professional meteorite hunter, Steve Arnold, heard the sonic boom down in Eureka Springs.

And he was in southwest Missouri trying to find what may have caused it.

"If it survives the fiery entry in, often times it will break into multiple pieces. If they survive to the ground, they become meteorites," said Arnold.

He brought a meteorite to show what one might look like.

This particular one had broken up upon entry, and looked somewhat toasted. And those toasted pieces he seeks:

"Basically, you're looking for something black, that sticks out, that's just different," he said.

Those could also be found by anyone.

"If you're just living your life and walking around, keep your eyes open. You might find something, and they can be quite valuable."

While it's impossible to say with any certainty, this may have been part of the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks tonight (Monday).