CBC News reporter Phonse Jessome saw the colourful fireball in the northwestern sky above Fall River, 25 km north of Halifax, at 5:17 a.m. AT Wednesday.
He said he saw it make a long, slow entry before breaking up into three or four pieces as it reached the horizon.
“I see shooting stars on this shift [all the time],” Jessome tweeted. "This was no shooting star. Not sure what’s going on up there but it looks cool."
Nigel Service, who was up early driving on Old Sambro Road in the Harrietsfield area south of Halifax, echoed Jessome's report.
“All of a sudden, straight overhead, [there] was a small white light, which I didn't pay any attention to right away, because it almost looked like these new LED lights the city is putting up for street lighting," he said.
"I lost sight of it for about a millisecond and caught it again, and it was increasing in size and looked like it was moving toward mouth of [Halifax] Harbour.”
Unlike Jessome, Service said he didn’t see it break apart.
He was adamant the light he saw was not coming from the International Space Station, something he is familiar with. He said what he saw in the sky matched what was described by witnesses to Tuesday's fireball over the Maritimes.
On Tuesday, dozens of witnesses across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and near the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec reported seeing a burning, colourful flame that appeared in the sky about 5 a.m. AT.
Astronomer David Lane, director of the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said based on the descriptions from witnesses, Tuesday’s fireball “sounds very much like a fireball or an extra-bright meteor, meaning a chunk of rock from space that got in the way of Earth and burns up in the atmosphere."
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