LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Did you see a bright light, or hear what sounded like thunder Tuesday night just after 8pm? Experts are saying that was a meteor.
The American Meteor Society received hundreds reports of a fireball all over Michigan. There were also reported sightings as far as Wisconsin, Ohio, and Ontario.
Some residents reported their homes shaking. NWS Detroit says the atmospheric pressure wave generated from the meteors penetration into the atmosphere caused a M2.0 to register on seismometers.
After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor. #miwx— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018
This is a fair point and one worth emphasizing. The meteor was about 6 feet in diameter and was traveling around 28,000 mph. The atmospheric pressure wave generated from its penetration into the atmosphere impacted the ground, causing an M2.0 to register on seismometers. https://t.co/dJT3BnKUF7— NWS Detroit (@NWSDetroit) January 17, 2018
Multiple 911 calls are coming of a meteor fireball that passed overhead. There is no need to call 911. It's a natural meteor fireball.— Lansing EM (@LansingEM) January 17, 2018