Blazing Meteor’s Light Startled Many In Boston

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Boston:  A meteor lit up the night sky over New England and eastern Canada early on Tuesday, startling people who saw it including police officers who captured the show on a dashcam.

A bright light streaked across the sky shortly after 12:50 AM ET (04:50 GMT) over states extending from Pennsylvania to Maine, according to the American Meteor Society. It was also captured on some security cameras.

About 100 tons of dust and sand-sized particles known as meteorites enter the Earth’s atmosphere each day, though most are too small to be noticed, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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The Portland, Maine, police department posted a video showing the meteor as videotaped by the dashboard camera of a patrol car. One of the officers could be heard exclaiming, “Oh, my God!”

The airport in Burlington, Vermont, captured the show on a security camera. NASA estimates that a meteor about the size of a car enters the Earth’s atmosphere on average once a year, producing an impressive fireball that burns up before reaching the ground.

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