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Bright light seen around Great Lakes region Tuesday night

Possible meteor streaks through sky in Sterling Heights (VIDEO: Kristen Donahue VanRosenberg)
Possible meteor streaks through sky in Sterling Heights (VIDEO: Kristen Donahue VanRosenberg)

DETROIT – Tuesday night in Michigan was a lot more exciting than you probably planned it to be.

Around 8:10 p.m. (give or take), a meteor flew past Southern Michigan, triggered a weak earthquake and blew up your social media feed.

The United States Geological Survey confirmed Tuesday that a meteor was sighted over Metro Detroit and caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake, according to the National Weather Service.

SEE: Videos show meteor in Metro Detroit

Local 4 received hundreds of calls from across the area from residents who saw a bright light and heard a loud explosion.

Reports started pouring in around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the Local 4 staff also reported seeing the flash and hearing a noise.

Paul Gross: Light possibly caused by bolide

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross said the bright light and loud noise might have been caused by a bolide, which is a meteor that breaks up in the atmosphere.

What exactly is a bolide? Where did debris land?

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VIEW: Map shows people across massive area witnessed bright light, loud explosion

A map posted on the organization's website shows several reports throughout Metro Detroit. There are also reports in West Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

What is the difference between a fireball and a bolide?

A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4, which is about the same magnitude of the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky.

A bolide is a special type of fireball which explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end, often with visible fragmentation.

Michigan meteor: How valuable are meteorites?

As it turns out, there is a decent market for meteorite - which is what it's called once it hits the ground. 

About the Authors:

Ken Haddad is the digital special projects manager for WDIV / He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013.