Bright Light, Sonic Boom As Likely Meteor Streaks Across Southern Michigan

By Scott Neuman

Michigan residents got a surprise Tuesday night when a suspected meteor punched through the clouds with an explosive flash and powerful enough to register on seismic instruments.

At about 8:05 p.m. ET, dash cams and security video caught the object as it streaked toward a northern suburb of Detroit, not far from the Canadian border. The U.S. Geological Survey, which has labeled it a meteorite impact, says it measured magnitude 2.0 on the agency’s instruments and hit about five miles west northwest of New Haven.

Social media postings indicate that it was seen as far away as Traverse City and Chicago. Some reported homes shaken by the explosion.

Although it is not possible to immediately verify the video, it appears that several posted on Twitter were of the same event seen from different locations.

People are telling me they heard a loud bang all across Southeast MI. Was it a #Meteor? Here’s another video:

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 17, 2018

“When Armageddon is near, you better get out of of here. Looking like a Deep Impact. I ain’t afraid of no ‘stroid”

— Topher No Grace (@topherlaine) January 17, 2018

You can see more at Twitter hashtag #meteor.

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