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Old 11-24-2008, 07:35 AM   #975
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Claire Bates, Daily Mail: A spectacular and almost blindingly bright meteor sparked a flurry of emergency calls to the police after it lit up the skies over western Canada. Onlookers across the province of Alberta watched in awe, describing a kaleidoscope of colours as the rock rapidly descended.

'At first I thought it was fireworks,' farmer Marcel Gobeil said. 'I've never seen anything like it; it was green and blue and then turned to bright red. It was pretty big.'

Emergency services across the region began receiving calls from 5.30pm on Thursday, with some also reporting hearing a distant 'boom.' And the police had no reason to doubt the claims. A video camera on one of their local patrol cars had captured the whole dramatic episode.

As the vehicle cruises down a street the footage shows a small bright light appearing in the sky before hurtling towards the Earth disappearing in an explosion of light just five seconds later.
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