Mainers report 'fireball' streaking across the Midcoast sky

People reported seeing a fireball shortly after midnight, and a number of them say they also felt the ground shake. (Allary Grasso)

BATH (WGME) – A streak in the sky was caught on camera in Maine.

People reported seeing a fireball shortly after midnight, and a number of them say they also felt the ground shake.

Early Wednesday morning, the sky lit up over the Midcoast and other parts of southern Maine. Some saw it; others felt it.

"Just this loud bang,” Boothbay resident Kelly Campbell said. “And with the loud bang, at the same time, the house shook."

Kelly Campbell says around 12:15 Wednesday morning she heard a loud boom and felt her home shake.

Seconds later, it was calm and quiet, and she wasn't alone.

Others in the Boothbay region had a similar experience.

"I didn't see anything, but I heard a noise that was unusual, sort of a big banging sound, and I thought maybe there was a truck in our driveway or something, which didn't make any sense," East Boothbay resident Hoyt Walbridge said. "It just happened. And it was strange. And then it was over."

"Some people saw bright lights,” Campbell said. “Other people heard the shake, not the loud bang. Other people heard the loud bang. So it was different for everybody. The further out you went, the less it got."

On her home surveillance camera, Allary Grasso caught a reflection of what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky.

"I was surprised," Grasso said. "Totally surprised. And I was like 'Wow, we really did catch it.’ And then seeing it on my boyfriend's truck, it's his company truck, and um, it was, you could see the white light come right across. It had to have been really big, I guess."

Grasso is an Ed-tech at Central Middle School in Woolwich, where she showed the tape Wednesday.

"I'm like, I got something for science class today,” Grasso said. “So we showed the kids and they were like, ‘Whoa!’ So I thought that was kind of funny."

Kelly Campbell wants to know where the meteor hit and how close it got to Boothbay.

"I think that's exciting,” Campbell said. “But scary at the same time. I mean, I was scared. I had no known reason for that to happen."

And there may be more meteor activity over the next two nights. That's when The American Meteor Society says the Geminid Meteor shower will be most visible here in the Northern Hemisphere.

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