Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball flash across Northwest skies at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, moving east to west.
Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told the Statesman Journal it had 165 reports from sky watchers in the Northwest and Canada.
Mostly clear skies made it more visible at a time when people where heading to work or school.
Dick Pugh of Portland State University told KGW that the flash apparently was a small piece of an asteroid burning up in the atmosphere.
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