In the early evening of 26 November 2013, the residents to the west of the city of Montreal, Canada, were witness to an unusual event in the region’s heavily overcast and snow‐filled skies (Fig. 1). Just prior to 20:00 EST (01:00 UTC on 27 November) residents began to report seeing a bright, transient, and distinctly blue flash in the sky. This flash was bright enough to briefly illuminate the otherwise overcast and featureless skies of the region. Several minutes later, this flash was accompanied by an explosive sound, rumbling, and apparent tremors as described by many eyewitnesses, including at...

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