A fireball was seen streaking through the sky over Portland, Maine, on May 17, dazzling the night sky and mesmerizing those who were able to catch a glimpse of the meteor.
Videos of the meteor were captured by several police officers on their dashcams, which they then shared online. In its Facebook post, the Portland Police Department wrote, “The meteor (or alien spaceship) was caught on camera at approximately 0050 hours. Let’s hope the visitors are friendly.”
As many as 425 reports of the “fireball event” were received by the American Meteor Society. Although the event could be primarily seen over Maine, reports of the event also came from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada), according to AMS.
Witness Julian K., from Ontario, Canada, said he thought he would see “fire erupting.”
“The giant ball of fire was (seamed) extremely close going down below the treed horizon. I waited a minute because I thought I’ll see fire erupting beyond the end of the lake but nothing…” Julian said.
Another witness, Craig, from Canton, Maine, said the event was “very loud” and it “shook the home.”
“There was a 3-5 min delay from the time I saw it to the boom I heard and felt, very loud and shook the home, unlike anything I have ever experienced before,” Craig said.
As reported by CBS News, the meteor was also spotted in New Jersey and Nova Scotia.
In its press release, the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum announced a reward worth $20,000 to anyone who brought in a meteor weighing at least one kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, to be put in the museum for display.
“Based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts collated and analyzed by the American Meteor Society, it’s clear that the meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over Maine and its terminal explosion occurred about 30 km west of Rangeley, Maine, in Franklin County,” the museum said.