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VIDEO: Meteor lights up sky in Maine

Large meteor lights up sky in Maine. (Portland Police Department)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Just before one Tuesday morning, a large fireball shot across Maine and lit up the sky.

The fireball in the sky could be seen as far away as Philadelphia, and Burlington, Vermont, but one of the best videos came from the dash camera of a Portland police cruiser.

Sergeant Tim Farris and officer Graham Hults couldn't believe it.

More than a quarter million people have already viewed the video.

This video was caught by a Cumberland Police Department dash camera. It shows the sky lighting up, but the meteor is just off screen.

This third video comes from the Sabattus Police Department, which also caught the sky lighting up.

Hundreds of sightings from throughout New England and Canada were reported to the American Meteor Society, most in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. From those accounts, they believe the path of that fireball started on the northern Maine-New Hampshire border heading north-northeast past Rangeley.

People shared their reactions on social media.

Edward Gleason, head of the Southworth Planetarium, says that fireball was most likely a meteoroid coming into our atmosphere.

"This one would have been bigger, larger than the meteoroids that produce your typical meteor," Gleason said.

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is offering a $20,000 reward for meteorites.



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