Fireball lights up B.C. Interior

From Nelson to Kamloops a large fireball could be seen in the sky on Sunday night.

  • Sep. 4, 2017 11:40 p.m.

The sky lit up dramatically across the Interior of B.C. as a large ball of flames headed towards the earth.

Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek was in Nelson when he felt what seemed similar to a power surge, followed by streetlights ‘shorting out’ at the same time.

“Then, to the East, I saw a reddish fire streak in the sky, headed north,”said Skrepnek.

Initially he said he heard nothing, but about a minute later a massive sound — similar to a rolling thunderclap occurred across the valley, for about five seconds.

“It all happened quite quickly, I didn’t see any ground contact,” he explained.

Reports on social media indicate the possible meteorite hit ground in the West Kootenays near Nelson.

It appears the fireball was first seen about 10:30 p.m. in various regions around the province.

Residents from Kamloops to Castlegar commented online about observing the incident.

More information to follow.

Send your photos and video to us, by going to the home page and clicking contact us.

Just Posted

Penticton Indian Band returns to the polls

The PIB is going to a byelection to fill empty seats on band council

Fintry Queen still looking for a home

Fintry Queen owner wants the tourist vessel in the Penticton Parks and Rec master plan discussions

Thefts from residences under investigation

Penticton RCMP are investigating two thefts from residences

Major grant bolsters Penticton doctors research on pain

Local research team is headed by Penticton rheumatologist

Woman pushed after confronting alleged drug users

Woman approached in “aggressive manner” behind shopping centre.

Tattooing couple opens new shop in Lake Country

Cody and Fabiana Philpott opened NSI Tattoo in August

Vigil held for woman whose remains were found on Shuswap farm

Family and friends remember Vernon resident Traci Genereaux and along with five other missing women

LETTER: Jumbo Valley is part of Ktunaxa territorial claim

Ktunaxa Nation Council responds to Tom Fletcher column

3,800-plant grow-op busted on First Nation reserve

Three men face charges after RCMP bust a large drug operation on the Soowahlie Reserve near Chilliwack

VIDEO: Government approves funding of $750,000 drug for B.C. woman

Approval comes one day after province announces funding for Soliris on a case-by-case basis

B.C. boy’s social media bid to get levidrome in the Oxford dictionary goes viral

‘It’s been five weeks and has totally blown up today.’

Whistler venues could see 2026 Olympic action

Calgary is looking to cut down on costs

Michael Buble announced as 2018 Juno host in Vancouver

Awards will celebrate Canadian talent in March

OSO reignites French classical romantic era

The OSO presents three works from era composers in their Nov. 24-26 concert, The French Connection

Most Read