WATCH: Fireball lights up the skies in B.C., Alberta
Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 10:30 AM - People in B.C. and Alberta were dazzled by a late-night meteor on the last night of the Labour Day long weekend.
Dashcam and security footage shows the fireball briefly lighting up the sky as bright as a lightning bolt late Monday night. The American Meteor Society recorded dozens of reports of the fireball, which likely blazed brightest between 10 and 11 p.m. PDT.
"Because of nearby fires burning about 40 miles west of us, I actually thought this was a fireball flying on the wind!" one commenter on the society's website wrote. "Then I thought it was some kind of firecracker and waited for an explosive sound."
• Heat records smashed on Monday in British Columbia: Squamish reached 38.2oC
• Pattern shift expected late-week, as moisture from a tropical system in the north Pacific heads to the BC coast, dropping temperatures and significant rain for parts of the Coastal Range.
• Heat should continue into Thursday on the North Coast
The society says its final disintegration was likely over Meadow Creek, B.C.
The RCMP say numerous people called in about the fireball Monday night, not just about the flash, but also about what has been described as a sonic boom.
“Folks were calling in from Kamloops to Cranbrook and everywhere in between talking about a bright light in the sky crashing in the mountains,” an RCMP spokesperson told Global News.