Flash of light, loud boom over Quebec may have been caused by a meteor
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 8:44 -
Experts say a meteor was the likely cause of a sonic boom and flash of light seen in the sky over parts of Quebec, eastern Ontario and upper New York late Tuesday evening.
Shortly after the occurrence, social media was flooded with reports.
Witnesses reported a green flash of light accompanied by a sonic boom.
No damage has been reported.
Commander Chris Hadfield told the Canadian Press that meteors hitting the Earth is nothing out of the ordinary.
"One hundred tonnes of [space] rock falls to the Earth everyday," he said.
"Most of them are flecks of dust ... but once in awhile we get a big rock .. and it actually gets low enough in the atmosphere to blow up as a blue flame and then make a pressure wave which we hear as a sonic boom."
Andrew Fazekas, spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, told the CBC that he believes a meteor possibly the size of a sofa or compact car may have fragmented with some pieces making it to the ground.
Scientists will scour the area in an effort to calculate the trajectory of the supposed meteorite.
An in-depth study is underway.
With files from the CBC and the Canadian Press
Apparently I witnessed a meteor hitting the earth?? I felt much better when I thought it was lightening. #meteor— Shanna Beauvais (@beauvais_shanna) November 27, 2013