The flashing light and the great roar were perceived in Michigan like a meteorite that entered the atmosphere on Tuesday night, according to NASA.
NASA officials confirmed that their weather camera detected the material around 8:08 pm at Oberlin College in Ohio.
The nightly spectacle was a "great event," said Bill Cooke with the meteorological environment of the NASA development office in Alabama. "It's definitely a meteoroid."
It was something unusual for Mike Tarkowski, who was sitting at his house in Milford watching television on Tuesday when what had been a typical night suddenly became everything but.
Around 8: At 10 pm, he saw "an extremely bright light" that illuminated his room, which otherwise would be dark.
"Suddenly, the whole garden began to become brighter, like yellowish orange, like a light bulb, then it turned black …" he said. "It was something big and it was something in the air."
The National Weather Service said it received multiple reports from around Metro Detroit of "a flash and a boom" that began at approximately 8:10 p.m. The sightings were reported on Twitter from Brighton to Downriver and beyond.
The weather service in White Lake Township said that the first report arrived at approximately 8:15 p.m. "Someone was reporting lightning with thunder," said meteorologist Cory Behnke. "We reviewed our observation data here, and I can tell you that we have not had any lightning."
The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management of Ingham County, which sent several 911 calls about the sighting, tweeted: "All indications are that it was just a natural meteor fireball."
Danny McEwen Jr. was driving on Fish Lake Road in Holly when he noticed a streak of brightness behind him.
"I went to turn and I noticed a ball of fire coming in at an angle," he said. "It just burst into a lot of sparks." I did not even know what to think. It was funny how orange the sky was behind me and this blaze of nothingness. "
The incident was so widespread that McEwen's father saw orange lighting up his living room and his friends working in Brighton told him they had In Oak Park, another well-known reporter reported hearing a boom that she thought was her son when she turned off her television.
Shortly after the phenomenon arose, some DTE Energy customers also called the utility to Report that they heard loud noises and flashing light, spokesperson Brian Smith said.
The appearance apparently generated so much interest, the American Meteor Society website and the International Meteor Organization were temporarily closed.
"Major event in Michigan . The server is overloading. We will return as soon as possible, check soon, "said a message on the site, which instructed visitors to report sightings of fireballs online.
Twitter was illuminated with video footage and numerous surprising reactions related to the extraordinary event.
"I just saw a meteor streak in the sky right now," one user tweeted. "It was followed by heavy explosions about 3 minutes later. Bright blue and orange fire. So I'm glad I saw it! "
Another wrote:" Think of a meteor whizzing through Brighton, Michigan. He saw a blue light and heard a roar. There is no snow in the sky. "
A third user was incredulous." Was Michigan hit with a meteor? A bomb? A UFO? WHAT'S UP? "
One woman reflected:" I think God is trying to tell us something in #Michigan with 50 degrees, temperatures below zero, and now a #Meteorite in a week! "
NASA reports" Shooting stars "or meteors are pieces of interplanetary material that fall through Earth's atmosphere and are heated to incandescence by friction.They are called meteorites as they fly through space, then they become in meteors during the few seconds that cross the sky and create bright trails, according to the agency.
"Chunks of rock and metal from asteroids and other planetary bodies that survive their journey through the atmosphere and fall to the ground. They are called meteorites, "NASA officials wrote in a report on the subject." Most meteorites on Earth are the size of a fist, but some are larger than a building. The early Earth experienced many large meteorite impacts that caused extensive destruction. One of the most intact impact craters is the Barringer Meteorite. "
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