A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.
The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website.
— RodneyRhodes (@rodneyrhodes) January 17, 2018
The meteor occurred at 8:10 p.m. CST and caused a 2.0 magnitude earthquake, officials with the @NWS wrote in an alert. The American Meteor Society has received 399 sightings of the brilliant fireball. Take a look at some of those sightings: https://t.co/B8XdP2MRdL pic.twitter.com/YA7bqyuHNr
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The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor.
“The NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor,” the NWS in Detroit said on Twitter.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2018
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The meteor sighting lit up social media with people posting videos and reaction.
“I can’t believe there was a Meteor! It shook our house and made a large bang! We thought someone hit our house,” Twitter user Jennifer Wilson said in a post.
Others had more ominous thoughts.
Incredible video of meteor in Detroit tonight. pic.twitter.com/YoY72bWFpV
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) January 17, 2018
“I thought for sure I was either seeing the alien invasion or the apocalypse. It’s awesome in retrospect, freaky … in real time,” said a Twitter user who goes by the name Crash.