Arizona meteor: First videos show stunning flash across night skies (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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A meteor flared across the sky over Phoenix, Arizona Thursday morning, reportedly waking many residents from their slumber with the sound of a loud bang as it passed.

Locals took to social media to question what the noise was, as others confirmed it was a meteor streaking through the sky.

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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.

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A photo posted by Jesus Hernandez (@jesushhernandez) on

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Just saw that #meteor #cnn

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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.

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