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Mike Nash of Prince George wrote to say he saw the meteor descend and turn into a fireball, low in the evening sky at 4:35 p.m. A few minutes later he took this image of the evening sky and then added the approximate track and size of the meteor later from memory, along with his comments (shown in yellow). ((Submitted by Mike Nash))

Some lucky people across B.C. were treated to an amazing light show Tuesday afternoon when a bright object streaked across the twilight sky.

Three witnesses in the Vancouver area told CBC News they saw the object blaze through the sky around 4:35 p.m. PT., for about one or two seconds.

"I looked up just above Grouse [Mountain] and [it] was as if a Roman candle came rushing across the profile," Derek Lunden said.

"There was this rocket kind of looking object going from the east to west. It didn't look real," Jim Allen said.

"The front was breaking up into two or three little bits that were sparkling, and then it just fizzled right out," said John Martin.

Mike Nash of Prince George wrote to the CBC to say he saw what looked to be a meteor descend and turn into a fireball, low in the evening sky. A few minutes later he took a photograph of the evening sky and then added the approximate track and size of the object later from memory.

Scientists said the object could have been a falling satellite, but because it was reported across such a wide geographic range, from Victoria to Prince George, it was likely a meteor.

The sighting comes just days after extremely bright meteor streaked across the Alberta and Saskatchewan sky, sparking a meteorite hunt and a $10,000 cash reward.