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CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA) – A massive fireball lit up the skies across parts of the East Coast and Canada Tuesday night, leading many to panic over fears of a plane crash.
Phones lit up at police offices and newsrooms across the East Coast with many in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and even Canada reporting the meteor.
“People saw a meteor,” said the Carnegie Science Center’s Ralph Crewe. “Some people call it a shooting star or falling star, but it’s a very bright one.”
A Green Tree police officer captured it on his dash cam, but his chief would not release the video.
NASA says the meteor was most likely part of the Orionid Meteor shower which is active between Oct. 4 and Nov. 14 this year.
“The Orionids formed from the debris of Halley’s comet, and are known for appearing “bright and quick,” NASA says.