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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Massive Ball Of Fire Crossed The Sky Of New England

An enormous fireball lit up the evening sky across New England, garnering almost 200 sightings from areas as far away as Pennsylvania. A breathtaking video captured the flaming object as it plummeted towards Earth around 1 a.m., Tuesday. 

According to American Meteor Society (AMS), there were witnesses who reported hearing a huge "boom" sound after it touched down. The non-profit organization who collects data on meteoric phenomena claimed that it received more than 170 reports from people in nine U.S. states and in Canada.

AMS had reported: "The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Qu├ębec (Canada) also reported the event".

Meanwhile, Maine’s Portland Police Department had also released their own footage of the incredible sight. They even playfully linked the enormous fireball to extraterrestrials.

The department had posted on Facebook: "Sgt. Farris was looking for speeder’s while parked in front of the central fire station and was able to observe some visitors 'from away'....far away. The meteor (or alien spaceship) was caught on camera at approximately 0050 hours. Let’s hope the visitors are friendly. They could just be some of Stephen King’s friends on there (sic) way to visit him. Whom ever they are I’m sure we could win them over with a whoopie pie."

As defined by AMS, a fireball is a very bright meteor which gives off a light that's brighter than that from planet Venus. An explosive type of fireball is called a bolide fireball, which gives off a bright flash and often comes with visible fragmentation

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