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Michigan Meteor Explodes Like Magnitude 2.0 Earthquake, Some Worried It Was a Missile?


By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 07:48 AM

A Michigan meteor flashed through the night sky on Tuesday and exploded like a magnitude 2.0 earthquake. Some couldn’t be blamed for first thinking it might be a missile, since the past few days have been full of news about North Korean missile launch alerts.

The National Weather Service tweeted shortly after the 8:10 p.m. incident that made most residents in southeast Michigan around metro Detroit jittery, ABC News reported.

"It looks like from videos and reports we've gotten (that it's a) meteor," Jordan Dale, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake, Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press. "However, we cannot confirm it's a meteor. At this point, we're just sticking to what we know — and it was not thunder or lightning or weather-related."

The weather service told the Free Press it received dozens of reports, ranging from Flint to Toledo.

WDIV-TV reported that the meteor was likely a bolide, a special type of fireball that explodes in a bright terminal flash at its end of its life, often with visible fragmentation.

Some caught the meteor lighting up the sky and falling on video.

Many on social media shared humor and concern about the meteor.

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A Michigan meteor lit up the night sky on Tuesday and some couldn't be blamed if they first thought it might be a missile, given the past few days were full of news on false alerts of North Korean missile launches.
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Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 07:48 AM
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