The night sky lit up as bright as day when a meteor exploded up in the sky and burst over Metro Detroit, creating an sonic boom that sounded like thunder and shook houses. Residents of Metro Detroit reported hearing a loud boom following the flash of light, which was captured by dash cams and security cameras across the state.
According to the The National Weather Service in Detroit tweeted “USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake”. The NWS Detroit continues, “the flash of light that was seen over Michigan and the boom that was heard were not thunder or lightning — but likely a meteor. According to CBS Detroit, residents have been calling in to report what some describe as a boom or blast heard just after 8 p.m.”
Social media sites Facebook and Twitter were bombarded with videos from resident’s dash cams or security camera clips showing the night sky lighting up just after 8 p.m.EST.
Ingham County Emergency Management Update sent a text alert to residents: “Multiple sources report that a fireball meteor was seen over the county earlier this evening. While many also reported an explosion, there is no indication that anything landed on the ground or caused damage. Most likely it was the boom of the meteor breaking apart. And that there is no need to call 911.”
According to head of astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science,Michael Narlock said “Tuesday’s incident appears to be what’s considered a bolide meteor, which tends to be large and explodes in the atmosphere. ” Narlock addsbolide meteors move across the atmosphere, come apart and the likeliness of it falling and reaching Earth intact is rare. This incident appears to be similar to the meteor that was seen over Russia in 2013.