- HALIFAX (CP) -- Police and
emergency lines throughout the Maritimes were flooded with calls late Wednesday
after a large fireball streaked across the night sky.
- There were reports of possible impacts in northern New
Brunswick, near the Quebec border, and on Nova Scotia's eastern shore.
- "We, at this point, believe it is some sort of celestial
occurrence as opposed to anything man-made," said Lt.-Cmdr. Glenn
Chamberlain of the Halifax search-and-rescue centre.
- Chamberlain said a woman in Liverpool, N.S., called 911
at about 9:30 p.m. AT to report seeing a giant ball of smoke and fire.
- A few minutes later, air traffic controllers in Moncton
N.B., reported that two planes in the area saw "a fireball of some
sort lasting about 12 seconds."
- Emergency crews in St-Quentin, N.B., were believed to
be on their way to a fire that may have been caused by an impact. Officials
in the area couldn't be reached for comment.
- Mike Brown of Elmsdale, N.S., said he was working on
his computer in his basement when he felt a rumbling overhead.
- "My girlfriend saw it and said it looked like a
comet," he said.
- Chamberlain said there were reports of an impact in Oyster
Pond, N.S., northeast of Halifax.
- An RCMP spokesperson in nearby Musquodoboit Harbour said
something hit the water off the tiny coastal community.
- Chamberlain said search-and-rescue satellites didn't
detect a distress signal and there were no reports of missing aircraft.
- Fireball Streaks Through Atlantic Sky 10-28-99
- HALIFAX - A mysterious fireball streaked through the
sky over eastern Canada and the eastern seaboard of the United States
- It apparently shook houses, caused bright flashes of
light, and a loud boom.
- Police and emergency lines throughout the Maritimes have
been flooded with calls with reported sightings. Air traffic controllers
in Moncton N.B., say that two pilots in the area saw "a fireball
of some sort lasting about 12 seconds."
- The fireball may have wreaked some havoc on the ground.
There are reports of possible impacts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and
Quebec -- including at least one fire in New Brunswick.
- Search and rescue centres say the fireball is likely
a meteorite or satellite entering the atmosphere. A spokesman for the Canadian
Navy says their information suggests this was not something man-made.