Meteor Over Great Lakes Region Caught on Cameras in Northern Illinois, Michigan; Boom Heard Near Detroit

Apparent meteor lights up skies over parts of Michigan.

Many cameras and witnesses caught sight of a meteor and a flash. Some heard a loud boom shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday January 16, 2018 in northern Illinois and southern Michigan.

The explanation is probably a bolide, a type of fireball or “brighter than usual meteor” that explodes with a bright terminal flash, often with visible fragmentation.

If the meteor landed on earth as a solid, then it is a meteorite. One account published on reported that the meteor might have hit ground south of I-69 and west of Belsay Road near Burton, Michigan, which is just east of Flint, Michigan.

See also … Where would meteor have hit U.S. or Canada?

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