A dashcam from Maine’s Portland Police Department shows a meteor lighting up a night sky in New England on May 17.
“You never know what you are going to see on duty,” said officials who shared the footage on Facebook.
Police say Sgt. Farris was parked looking for speeders a little after midnight when the streaking meteor illuminated the sky.
“Oh my God!” said Officer Hults, who was “apparently amazed.”
The American Meteor Society (AMS) said it has received almost 700 reports so far about the meteor, which members describe as a “fireball.”
— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) May 17, 2016
They said the event was seen primarily in Maine, but witnesses also reported seeing the phenomenon in Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and across the Canadian border in Ontario and Québec.
The AMS said the event happened when two objects entered the Earth’s atmosphere.
— AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) May 18, 2016
Screenshots from Burlington International Airport indicate there were two objects, meaning the meteoroid broke in two before entering Earth.
Below are some videos of the phenomenon:
— Burlington Airport (@BTVAirport) May 17, 2016
WATCH: Webcam captures stunning shot of a meteor streaking through the sky above Maine.https://t.co/fvhnJaKQwP
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 17, 2016