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Viewers: Meteor streaked across southern Arizona skies

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The meteor is seen as a small blip in the top center of the image. (Source: John Duhigg, YouTube) The meteor is seen as a small blip in the top center of the image. (Source: John Duhigg, YouTube)
PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A meteor was observed streaking across the sky in southern Arizona shortly after 7 p.m., CBS 5 viewers reported.

There were more sightings in the Tucson area than in Phoenix, although some viewers reported seeing it in the sky over the southeast Valley.

Resident John Duhigg captured the meteor on video as it appeared over the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport at 7:11 p.m.

On Tucson's northwest side, the massive fireball caused sonic booms, rattled windows and scattered much of its debris. Scientists there are hunting for the remnants.

Prescott resident Robert Ward hunts for meteorites all over the world. He's in Tucson working with representatives from NASA and the American Meteor Society to begin the search for meteorites.

Because they can only search on public lands, Ward and his colleagues are asking private residents to contact him if they find meteorites on their private property so he and other scientists can plot the meteor's course.

CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn said it could be part of the Geminid meteor shower, which is expected to peak this weekend.   

Upload any photos you may have of the meteor to our Facebook page.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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