Bright blue flash fills the night sky

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — “Never in my life have I seen anything like it; the whole entire sky was a bright blue,” said Tremont resident Rebecca Butler of the Saturday night phenomenon reported by people all over Hancock County and beyond.

Butler said Monday that she and a group of friends were leaving a dance at the American Legion Hall in Southwest Harbor around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when they saw a quick flash of light. She said it definitely wasn’t lightning, and it wasn’t accompanied by thunder or any other sound.

“We all thought, ‘What on earth was that?’” she said. “It kind of reminded me of those really bright, bluish headlights on some of the cars now. But it was all across the sky as far as you could see.”

In response to a question on the Islander’s Facebook page, people reported seeing the bright light in the sky from Orland, Lucerne and Franklin, as well as from Ellsworth, Trenton and a number of locations on Mount Desert Island.

Some of the people who saw it speculate it was caused by a meteor. Others say it probably was the aurora borealis. One skywatch organization had issued an aurora alert for Saturday.

So far, there has been no explanation of the phenomenon from any official agency.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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