Did you see it? Fireball flashes across the Prairie sky

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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 was in her home office in downtown Edmonton when she saw the flash of light streak across the sky Monday morning.

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 6:30 a.m. 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 8:30 a.m., there were 42 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 grey.

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 13-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."

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