Dash cam captures fireball spotted across New England

BOSTON — Police dash cam video caught an awesome shot of a fireball early Tuesday morning.

The officer had been looking for speeders at an intersection in Portland, Maine when he saw the fireball around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

FOX25's Shiri Spear says fireballs are bigger and brighter "shooting stars," or meteors.  In fact, the criteria stipulates that it's as bright or brighter than Venus to qualify. It's vibrancy is due to the larger size of the debris burning up in the atmosphere.

There were over 150 reports of the fireball Monday night into early Tuesday morning, with most of the reports coming in around 1:50 a.m., according to the American Meteor Society.

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Most of the reports came for Maine, but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario and Quebec also reported seeing it.

Fireballs are not an uncommon phenomenon, it’s just lucky to get them over a populated area.  Fireballs sometimes even come with a "boom!"

Portland Police had a little fun with their Facebook post on the event, calling the meteor an alien spaceship that possibly had Stephen King's friends on board.

"I'm sure we could win them over with a whoopie pie," the post read.

You never know what you are going to see on duty. Sgt. Farris was looking for speeders 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 their way to visit him. Whomever they are I'm sure we could win them over with a whoopie pie. P.S. The voice on the video stating, "oh my God"! is from Ofc. Hults. Apparently he was amazed. #meteor #starwars #underthedome

Posted by Portland Maine Police Department on Tuesday, May 17, 2016