UPDATE (8:30 a.m.) – Experts say a bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky above Michigan was a meteor.
The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a fireball Tuesday night over the state, including many in the Detroit area. Reports also came in from several other states and Ontario, Canada.
Some Michigan residents reported their homes shaking.
The society says the reports suggest a space rock penetrated deep into the Earth’s atmosphere before it broke apart. The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in Michigan.
Bill Cooke with NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office tells The Detroit News it was “definitely a meteoroid” and a rare sight for Michigan.
Other states where people reported seeing a fireball included Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
DETROIT (AP) – The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor.
Meteorologist Jordan Dale says the weather service hasn’t been able to confirm that it was a meteor despite reports and videos received by the agency late Tuesday. But he says “it was not thunder or lightning or weather-related.”
Some residents reported their homes shaking.
The weather service says by about 9 p.m. it had received dozens of reports.
Dale says the weather service is trying to determine what caused the light and noise, calling it “a rare occurrence.”