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New England fireball caught on cop's dashcam

VIDEO: The bright meteor was captured on a police officer's dashboard camera in Portland, Maine.

A screenshot of the video shows the moment the fireball lit up the New England skyScreenshot/Portland Maine PD

A dramatic fireball that lit up the night sky over New Hampshire and Maine after midnight Tuesday was caught on a police officer's dashboard camera.

The video, captured by Sgt. Tim Farris as he was looking for speeders, was posted on the Portland Maine Police Department's Facebook page, Boston.com reported. The fireball appeared and fizzled within a 4-second time span.

A fireball, according to the American Meteor Society, is another term for a bright meteor.

"You never know what you are going to see on duty," the post began. "The meteor (or alien spaceship) was caught on camera at approximately 0050 hours. Let's hope the visitors are friendly. They could just be some of Stephen King's friends on their way to visit him. Whom ever they are I'm sure we could win them over with a whoopie pie."

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