Portland police officer catches streaking meteor on dashcam

While on patrol early Tuesday morning, Portland police Sgt. Tim Farris captured a streaking meteor on his dashcam from Congress Street.

Farris posted the video on the Portland Maine Police Department Facebook page, and the clip already has over 45 thousand views in just several hours:

The video caught the eye of the American Meteor Society, who shared the video on their website, which created so much online traffic that it caused the site to crash this morning.

“The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Quebec (Canada) also reported the event,” said the society on their website.

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.