USGS confirms meteor over Metro Detroit, causing magnitude 2.0 earthquake
United States Geological Survey confirms meteor over Metro Detroit
DETROIT – 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.
Metro Detroit residents report bright light, loud explosion
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.
It appears the actual occurrence was at 8:08 p.m.
So far, there has been no confirmation of the incident or explanation for what might have caused it.
Local 4 received calls from Detroit, Southgate, South Lyon, Howell, Huntington Woods, Shelby Township, Lyon Township, Allen Park, Taylor, Ann Arbor, Troy, Canton, Dearborn, Auburn Hills, Monroe, Inkster, Wayne, Westland and even more cities.
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Paul Gross: Light possibly caused by bollide
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.
Based upon all of the public reports, looks like it was a bolide...a meteor that broke up in our atmosphere. This differs from a fireball, which is a bright meteor that doesn’t break up. Still trying to reach my sources...tough to get ahold of people at night.— Paul Gross (@PGLocal4) January 17, 2018
Just saw another video...dash cam footage that, if valid, clearly shows that it was a bolide (meteor that broke up). Can’t confirm, but looks legit.— Paul Gross (@PGLocal4) January 17, 2018
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
Videos from across the area
Here is footage of the meteor that just went over Lenawee area. We are between Sand Creek and Seneca. Wow!!Posted by David Meckley on Tuesday, January 16, 2018
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 17, 2018
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