Meteor shower
Huge fireball, believed to be meteor, was captured across Iowa [YouTube Screenshot]

Hundreds of people in the US witnessed a huge fireball across the sky above Des Moines, Iowa, on Boxing Day.

The giant fireball, believed to be a meteor, was captured by a CCTV camera in North Liberty city on 26 December. The 55-second clip says the footage is "from the City of North Liberty Streets Department, S. Front Street facing north."

The fireball was spotted at around 5.40 pm (local time) on Thursday, according to the description provided by a YouTube user. The user also said that the bright fireball was spotted across several Midwestern states, including Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota.

People took to Twitter and Facebook and described the object as "a huge ball of fire." People, who witnessed the fireball zooming across the sky, said that there was no sound accompanying it.

"Anyone else in the Midwestern US see a bright meteor?? At 5:38pm NE Iowa, very bright meteor flew to the north, no sound," a user tweeted.

The American Meteor Society on their website said they have received around 725 reports about the fireball seen over IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, NE and SD on 26 December 2013 around 23:31 (UTC).

AMS received several reports of fireballs and the recent one was reported from South California.

Meteors, also called shooting stars, are bright streaks of light that shoot across the sky. The meteor showers like Perseid and Leonids are the biggest and most famous of all.

January will witness the next meteor shower "Quadrantids". The "Quadrantids" meteor shower will be active from 1 January and will be visible till 10 January. The peak dates to see the Quadrantids are between 2 and 3 January.

Check out the video of the huge fireball captured by the CCTV camera.