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Posted October 05. 2017 1:21PM

Gizmodo: Did a meteorite start a forest fire in New Hampshire? It's unlikely

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A meteor streaks across the New Hampshire sky near Portsmouth in July 2016. (COURTESY/Mike McCormack at portsmouthwebcam.com)

According to the American Meteor Society, while thousands of meteors each day are bright enough to be referred to as fireballs, only relatively large, slow-moving and sturdy meteors are likely to hit the ground without disintegrating during their passage through the atmosphere. These big ones are capable of transferring their kinetic energy to thermal energy, though this would result in a very hard to miss explosion of considerable size.