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WATCH: Meteor lights up the sky across St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS ( -- Around 9 p.m. Monday night hundreds of people reported seeing a bright flash across the sky from a meteor reported from Columbia to St. Charles County and into St. Louis County and south St. Louis City.

News 4 viewer Kristie in Ballwin sent us video from her Nest camera that caught the fireball in the sky.

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A fireball is another name for a very bright meteor. Although we’re still working to find out what this was.

Many News 4 viewers said they felt and heard a boom.

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The Northern Taurids meteor shower was set to reach their annual peak Monday. According to the American Meteor Society, the Taurids are known for the fireballs they produce.

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A Ring camera caught the fireball streaking across the sky in the St. Louis area.

The Taurids are produced by debris from the Pr/Encke comet which the earth passes through every year during the last quarter. The Southern Taurids are known as the stronger of the two. 

Meteor viewing map

The American Meteor Society (AMS) said the fireball was also seen from Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

AMS says the meteor traveled west to east and ended its flight in Wellsville, Mo. in Montgomery County.

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