CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A Coral Springs father of two was getting ready to go to bed on Monday night when he and his wife saw a flash of light outside their bedroom window.

“It looked like someone was flashing a huge flashlight into our window,” said Matthew Bowdle, 40, who lives in Heron Bay.

Perhaps, he thought, it was a police officer looking for someone in his backyard.

But moments later, when he looked at his home security video, he saw, at 10:16 p.m., what appeared to be a meteor burning out as it hit land.

Turns out, that’s exactly what it was.

US National Weather Service Tampa Bay Florida said on Facebook that it’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper captured a bright meteor as it burned up off the coast of Florida.

Bowdle, who works in the software industry, posted his video on Twitter and got requests to share it from media across the nation.

He said his doorbell security camera was perfectly positioned to capture the rare footage.


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