Fire in the sky: Albertans report fireball over province
Mysterious object seen descending through sky at approximately 5:20 p.m. Wednesday
Dozens of Albertans took to social media Wednesday evening to report seeing a large fireball in the sky over northern parts of the province.
Corbet Kratko was driving near the intersection of Highway 21 and Westpark Boulevard in Fort Saskatchewan when he said he saw the bright light descending through the sky.
The maintenance inspector with Alberta Transportation captured video of what appears to be a falling fireball on his vehicle's dashcam at approximately 5:21 p.m.
Fort McMurray resident Miguel Borges captured what he said was the flash of a meteor on his home surveillance cameras at 5:22 p.m.
Three people from Alberta and one from Saskatchewan filed reports of fireball sightings to the American Meteor Society between 5:17 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. MST Wednesday.
Chris Herd, an earth sciences professor and curator of the University of Alberta's meteorite collection, told CBC News that fireball sightings can be reported to the American Meteor Society or the Meteorite Impacts Advisory Committee.
Fireball seen tonight! Here’s a report from an RASC member: fireball at 5:22 local time, ENE at starting at 40 degrees up, broke apart around 25 to 30 degrees, small piece brighten up to about -7 follow by the large piece burst estimated around -12 in hazy cloud. Report TWOSE.—@FrankTWOS
I’m not the only one who saw something falling in the sky, right? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yeg?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#yeg</a>—@Movietrailer