Meteor lights up New England sky

The flash they saw was likely a meteor that was entering Earth's atmosphere at speeds over 200,000 miles per hour! An asteroid is made up of rock, iron or ice. Some witnesses reported hearing a colossal "boom" after it touched down, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

The American Meteor Society says it has received almost 250 reports of the fireball event that was quite visible in ME and New Hampshire about 12:50 a.m. Tuesday.

Several 22News viewers contacted our station to report the sighting and several officers of the Easthampton Police Department confirmed to 22News that they had also seen the bright light.

Police Sgt. Tim Farris was patrolling for speeding drivers early Tuesday when his cruiser's dash cam captured the remarkable: a bright and burning mass, hurtling through the night sky.

The post jokingly said that the officers observed either a meteor or an alien spaceship.

"Let's hope the visitors are friendly", the police department Facebook post read. They could just be some of Stephen King's friends on their way to visit him.

The good news is, you definitely won't have to go live on the moon.

"One of the most wonderful things I've ever seen in the night sky", one witness from Framingham reported.

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