Possible meteor spotted in Valley skies

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A flash of light in the sky Tuesday night had lots of folks talking and wondering what it was.

The flash could be seen from Las Vegas to Phoenix all the way to Tucson.

Many believe it was an extraordinarily bright meteor, possibly part of the Geminid meteor shower. This year's shower begins to peak just after midnight Thursday.

Witnesses in the East Valley described it as a big orange ball of light with trailing flames.

"Basically, I looked up and saw a big flash of light," says witness Patrick Newell. "She thought it was a meteor right away, but I heard a helicopter in the background, and I'm like, no honey, it's a helicopter."

But this was no helicopter. "It was huge, with an arcing motion," Newell went on to say.

"It was very low in the sky from where we were," says Paula Newell. "There was this red-orange tail to it. It was going really fast, and it went past the buildings before we realized what it might be."

In Tucson, the flash was even bigger and brighter, and loud! Some witnesses report hearing a loud boom. Many say they saw dust in the sky after the reported meteor streaked by.

The FAA has not yet confirmed whether this was a meteor.