(AP) Law enforcement officials say the fireballs coincided with Monday evening’s launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida of what a defense agency spokesman described as a ":national security satellite.":
Sgt. Derek Strong of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tells the Bangor Daily News that the orange lights were caused by debris re-entering the earth’s atmosphere and crashing into the ocean off Point Lepreau, New Brunswick.
Ken Stewart from the U.S. Coast Guard says calls were fielded from Portsmouth, N.H., ":all the way to Nova Scotia.":