Meteor streaks across the sky over Windsor and Detroit area

Michele Moreno
January 18, 2018

The meteor's explosive path across the night sky around 8 p.m Tuesday caused a 2.0 magnitude tremor, according to the USGS, with reports of the flash coming from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

The U.S. Geological Service says it registered as a 2.0 magnitude natural disaster in MI.

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

The seismic observations associated with the meteor were assigned a magnitude 2.0 by the United States Geological Survey, which said the event was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, some 40 miles northeast of Detroit. Videos showed a bright flash of light, followed by a pop nearly like a light bulb burning out. A tweeter user wrote, "Freaky bright flash in the sky...must be a meteor".

The appearance of the MI meteor sent social media into a frenzy, with many people sharing video footage of their point of view.

Images of the object were captured above Windsor, Ontario. Other reports of seeing it came out of Milwaukee, Boyne City, northwest OH and southwest Ontario, Canada.

The cargo van-sized meteor entered the atmosphere over MI around 8 p.m. Some witnesses reported hearing a boom as the meteor appeared.

The quake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, MI, and the NWS says the meteor occurred around 8:10 p.m. ET. But this measurement doesn't express how much energy the meteor released as it flew overhead, Bellini said. It produced a big boom as it broke up in the atmosphere and, in all likelihood, left small meteorites on the ground in the region.

The National Weather Service said they received multiple reports from around Metro Detroit of "a flash and a boom" beginning about 8:10 p.m. It said that the reports of an explosion taking place in the county are false and there are no such indications of any object landing on ground or causing damage.

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