2014 Ontario fireball


Coordinates: 44°09′N 77°47′W / 44.15°N 77.79°W / 44.15; -77.79 On 4 May 2014 around 4:17pm (EDT) a daylight bolide occurred near Ontario, resulting in a meteor air burst.[1][2] The meteoroid was estimated to be roughly 50–100 centimetres (20–39 inches) in diameter.[1] The explosion was estimated to be equivalent to approximately 10–20 tons of TNT.[1] The meteor was first seen in Peterborough and traveled on a southwest-to-northeast trajectory.[1][2] A meteor of this size impacts Earth about twice a week.[1]

The meteor was large enough that it may have generated meteorites.[3] A strewn field has not yet been located but would be downstream after dark flight. Weather radar returns suggest that the meteorite(s) may have landed near Codrington.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Rare meteor sighting reported across GTA". The Star. 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  2. ^ a b Mike Hankey. "Daylight Fireball over Ontario and NE USA May 4, 2014". American Meteor Society. Retrieved 2014-05-05. (Event #1062)
  3. ^ "Rare meteor sighting reported across GTA". Winnipeg Free Press. 2014-05-05. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  4. ^ Marc Fries (Galactic Analytics LLC) on Facebook
  5. ^ "(meteorobs) Daylight fireball over Canada and N.E. U.S." Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-05-28.

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  • Streaking fireball, loud blast may have been meteor
  • Bright daytime meteor seen over Canada and U.S. Northeast