A bright light that looked like a fireball lit up the whole northern sky over Canada's Maritime provinces early this morning, callers to CBC morning shows reported.
Nova Scotia callers reported the bright light over Halifax, Dartmouth, Chester, Mount Uniacke, Truro, and Wentworth at about 5 a.m. AT.
Rick Parker, who lives on Mattatall Lake near Wentworth, N.S., said the light was so bright it got him out of bed.
“It was a bright light and it lit up the whole sky, and when I looked out the window, I just saw what appeared to be maybe the tail end of it, if you like, and it was almost like a meteor but not the same," he said. "It was falling in the northern horizon.”
The International Space Station was passing over the region at the time, but Parker said he has seen the ISS passing over before, and this was something else.
Over New Brunswick
“This was much, much brighter. It started as a bright light. It lit up the sky enough to make me look out. I was just lying in bed, thinking about a fire in the wood stove, actually, and it lit up the whole sky. I mean it was very bright.”
In New Brunswick, callers reported seeing the light in Saint John, Woodstock, Fredericton and Moncton.
Jeff Locke, who lives in Fredericton, said the “fireball” he saw lasted about three seconds.
“I looked out the window and caught it out of the corner of my eye," he said. "This ball of fire came down out of the sky. I’ve got two big fir trees out here on my front lawn, and the light showed between those two trees, and I mean, it came down out of the sky. It wasn’t just up over above the trees. It was like somebody had fired a flare out of their gun or something.”
'That's all we know'
Chris Fair of Beresford, N.B., said he also saw the bright flash of light at about 5 a.m. AT, followed by what looked like the remnants of a flare falling into the woods behind his house.
Bill Burgoyne said some forestry workers southeast of Plaster Rock, N.B. saw it, too.
In Saint John, a CBC listener said she spotted a white, glowing ball in the northern sky while she was driving into work in Milledgeville.
Nova Scotia RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc said RCMP received two calls from the Chester area at 5:09 a.m. about a “yellow flare” in the sky.
“That’s all we know at this time,” he said.