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Did you see it? Fireball flashes across the Prairie sky

A fireball buzzed over the Prairies on Monday, temporarily piercing the dark of the early morning sky with a flash of blinding blue light.

Lea Storry was in her home office in downtown Edmonton when she saw the flash of light streak across the sky Monday morning. (Lea Storry / Twitter)

A fireball buzzed over the Prairies on Monday, temporarily piercing the dark of the early morning sky with a flash of blinding blue light.

What appeared to be a meteor – the streak of light created by an object as it enters Earth’s atmosphere – darted across the sky around 6: 16 am MT, startling early risers who were lucky to catch a glimpse of the sudden glow.

The light was captured by security cameras across Edmonton, and social media soon lit up with reports from observers who caught a glimpse of it.

The spectacle was seen in at least two provinces.

As of 8: 16 am, there were 30 unverified reports of fireball sightings on the American Meteor Society (AMS) website.

The fireball was seen across the Prairies, with scattered reports from Jasper to Saskatoon.

‘That’s a falling star’

One observer who filed a report described the fireball as a bright flash of white “brighter than when a car turns its light to you in the dark.”

Another reporter said the fireball emitted a light blue glow before turning orange, leaving behind a trailing smoke line of dark gray.

What was that? #yeg #meteorite #stars #fallingstar pic.twitter.com/drUgZXdYXX

—@FamilyLines

Lea Storry, an Edmonton-based writer, was sitting near the window of her downtown Edmonton home office when she saw the flash. She captured the spectacle on her security camera.

“I live in a – storey condo building and it seemed like somebody was shining a bright red light in my eye,” Storry said.

“I was like, ‘Who? Who was doing that? How could they be doing that?’ “

At first, she thought it was a police helicopter flying by, but then she saw the fireball.

“I thought, ‘That’s cool. I think that’s a falling star,'” she said.

“I’ve seen a couple of falling stars, but nothing ever that close and not so clear. So it’s definitely a first.”

Anyone else see the sky light up just a few minutes ago? Our security cameras caught it. Meteor? pic.twitter.com/f0fy0QcM0r

– @ LaurenFink _

Did you catch footage of the possible meteor? Share your videos and photos with CBC Edmonton at yourphotos@cbc.ca

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