WATCH: Fireball sets nightsky alight in New Jersey following eclipse, earthquake

Residents of New Jersey report 'green fireball' in sky in several towns

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Bright green fireball falls from sky in New Jersey. — X/@Key2Eternity

A bright green fireball, believed to be a meteor or falling star, was observed dropping from the night sky over New Jersey marking the end of a week of natural phenomena.

The fireball was captured on video lighting up the dark sky in several New Jersey towns following Monday's solar eclipse which covered 90%  of the state and a 4.8 magnitude earthquake before that, Fox News reported.

The American Meteor Society reported numerous "fireball" sightings at 3:45am, including dozens across the Garden State, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Michelle Griffith, a resident of Millville, New Jersey, shared his doorbell camera video with Fox 5, showing the moment the flash of light illuminates the sky, which only lasts a few seconds before disappearing.

Another New Jersey resident in Wall Township, posted her security footage to a local Facebook page showing the bright falling light at the same time.

One netizen was convinced the fireball was a meteorite.

"Meteorite. Due to the elevated iron magnesium and nickel content in them, they tend to burn green when burning in the atmosphere," the woman wrote.

"Beautiful!" wrote another. "I've seen one or two of these over the years. Great catch!"

The sightings come about a week before the Lyrids Meteor Shower, one of the oldest known meteor showers, is set to begin.

The Lyrids meteor shower has been observed for 2,700 years and it occurs when particles of dust are shed by the long-period Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

Additionally, last week in California, a series of bright fiery lights were seen streaking across the night sky, which, according to a US Space Command spokesperson, was from the Chinese Shenzhou 15 Orbital Module rocket scheduled to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere near Los Angeles.