Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Suspected meteor blasts across Detroit sky

Suspected meteor blasts across Detroit sky

Residents of the US Midwest and southwestern Ontario were treated to a spectacular event, and a bit of a shake-up on Tuesday night, as a bright meteor fireball exploded north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 quake.

"It's possible that there was this cataclysmic event that the entire object blew apart and everything just sort of disintegrated or became so fine as to become indistinguishable from anything else you may find lying on the ground".

'I thought for sure I was either seeing the alien invasion or the apocalypse. "It was kind of odd how orange the sky was behind me and this blaze of flame out of nowhere". The event was captured by dash and security cams.

On the police scanner, Michigan State Police troopers reported seeing the light.

The American Meteor Society said people as far east as Pittsburgh and as far west as Madison, Wis., reported seeing the fireball.

"It was definitely a meteor", Bill Cooke, lead for NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

"I would say most folks are pretty safe", he said.

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the US Midwest and Canada, causing a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The light is produced as the object burns due to the friction with the atmosphere.

The meteor ripped through the atmosphere at 28,000 miles per hour, creating a sonic boom that registered a 2.0 on the Richter scale. Mr. Beatty said the everyday shooting star is created by something no larger than a pea, but contains the same energy as a auto traveling 200 miles per hour.

If pieces of the meteor are recovered, researchers can analyze its composition to determine the origin.

Scientists say meteorites are rarer than gold or diamonds and pieces of them could be worth as much as $9,000 per pound. Doppler weather radar data suggest it's likely that there are meteorites on the ground in the area, according to the Facebook post.

The night sky quickly lit up in MI on Tuesday night, with a brilliant flash of light and a boisterous commotion that startled occupants.

The sight of a meteor shooting through the sky last night sparked fears that Planet Earth was about to be invaded by aliens.

"Anybody that saw it is lucky", he said.

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