Arizona meteor: First videos show stunning flash across night skies (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Locals took to social media to question what the noise was, as others confirmed it was a meteor streaking through the sky.
Did anyone else see that huge meteor over Phoenix Arizona? It left a trail of clouds— Lee Myer (@PeakT) June 2, 2016
The first videos and photos of the meteor streak show a dramatic bright flare as the space rock fizzles overhead.
Photos of the trail of swirling smoke left behind have also been shared across social media.
A good amount of white smoke from the meteor that passed through the Arizona sky. pic.twitter.com/ZaCI9lqckr— Alejo Benitez (@AleBen1994) June 2, 2016
Arizona, famously, is already home to a massive meteor crater.
An iron asteroid, some 98-164ft (30-50 meters) in diameter, impacted the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona an estimated 50,000 years ago, resulting in an enormous crater nearly a mile (1.6km) wide and 570ft (174 meters) deep.
The US Geological Survey says the impact “exploded with the force of over 2 million tons of TNT” - about 150 times the power of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima in World War II.