Cop dashcam captures spectacular giant fireball flaring over Maine (VIDEO)

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A Portland police officer caught speeding of a different kind when a meteor flashed before his eyes during an early morning traffic patrol.

The meteor was captured on Sgt. Tim Farris' dashcam just before 1 a.m. Tuesday and uploaded to Facebook by the Portland Police Department, who were evidently amazed by the celestial phenomenon. 

The American Meteor Society shared the video on its website, generating so much traffic it caused the site to crash, according to The Portland Press Herald.

The society also reported sightings of the astounding fiery streak over coastal Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In total, it registered 225 sightings of the fireball from Canada to New Jersey, and shared multiple recordings of the spectacular event online.

Another police officer in Cumberland Police Department, Maine also witnessed the flame soaring across the sky, though unfortunately the sight was just out of his dashcam’s view.