Caught on camera: Blazing meteor lights up New England sky

  • AP, Portland, Maine
  • Updated: May 18, 2016 11:56 IST
In this frame from video provided by, a fireball streaks across the sky, at Portsmouth Harbour on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

A police sergeant looking for speeders captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera early on Tuesday.

The bright flash visible from several states was apparently left by a meteor burning up as it passed through Earth’s atmosphere. Other people and webcams also captured images of the fireball.

The American Meteor Society reported more than 400 sightings in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and parts of Canada.

Portland police’s Tim Farris was parked in front of the Central Fire Station when his camera captured the meteor lighting up the sky around 12:50am.

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Another officer who was chatting with him, Graham Hults, was heard exclaiming, “Oh, my God!”

A meteor streaking across the sky was caught on Portland Maine Police Department patrol vehicle’s camera. (Reuters Photo)

Based on the brightness, the object was likely a space rock somewhere between the size of a toaster and a refrigerator when it entered the atmosphere, said Geoff Chester, spokesperson for the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.

Webcams in Portsmouth Harbour in New Hampshire and at the Burlington International Airport in Vermont captured the fireball. Video surfaced from other sources, including another officer in Plattsburgh, New York, and a motorist on the Everett Turnpike in New Hampshire.

The bright flash, visible from several states, was apparently left by a meteor burning up as it passed through the Earth's atmosphere. (AP Photo)

Some reported hearing booms.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum suspects the meteor crashed into the woods of northwestern Maine, based on preliminary findings. It’s offering a $20,000 reward if someone recovers a piece of the meteorite weighing at least 2.2 pounds.

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