“Fireball” blazes in the Fraser Valley night sky – Parksville Qualicum Beach News

He only appeared for a second, but Mount Woodside resident Steve Turney remembers it vividly, and it looks like he’s not alone.

He and his wife Diane were walking in the Mount Woodside area when a bright light appeared, an airborne fireball apparently descending into the valley in the Rosedale area.

“It was an incredibly close object in the sky,” Turney said, thinking it might have been a meteor or an aircraft in distress. “We [quickened] our walk up the hill to see if he’s landed. You could see the flames on it. It really piqued our curiosity. »

According to the American Meteor Society, there were 44 witness reports of a fireball around 8:45 p.m. from Kamloops to Portland to Spokane and North Vancouver. Dubbed Event 2579-2022, most witnesses reported seeing the flash for about 3.5 seconds. A few saw it for less than a second while a lucky few witnessed the display for 7.5 seconds. The trajectory appears to be westward and it is unclear if it had any significant impact.

There’s video of the event, taken via dashcam in Kent, Wash.

The American Meteor Society is a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to collecting information about meteor astronomy in North America.

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