Light and Noise Over Michigan, Meteor Possible UPDATED

But meteorologists have since confirmed that it was not a regular weather event, and was an unexpected MI meteor that caused a small natural disaster that reverberated through downtown Detroit.

A meteor hitting the ground is called a meteorite and only very large and extremely rare meteorites reach the Earth with enough energy to produce explosive craters.

In fact, meteors do not cause earthquakes to rupture along a fault, according to William Yeck, a research geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

The American Meteor Society says it received hundreds of reports of a meteor-like object flying across MI, including in the Detroit area.

NASA officials confirmed to the Detroit News that the meteor was registered on a meteor camera they operate at Oberlin College in Ohio.

A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the US Midwest and Canada, causing a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. "The two paths collide, and just like a vehicle accident, you have two objects trying to occupy the same space and the meteor will fall to the earth".

There have been no reports of impact, he said, and the meteor likely broke apart and burned up in the atmosphere as most do, he said.

A meteor passed over MI and IL on Tuesday, Jan. 16. "One is that [hundreds] of people reported there was an explosion and a big flash in the sky, and there was a boom".

So how bright was the meteor? The space rock broke up in the atmosphere at 8:05 pm EST in an explosion that was large enough to register as a 2.0 natural disaster. Members of the newsroom staff also reported seeing the flash and hearing a noise.

Murray states this meteor was traveling at a relatively slow speed for meteors - only 28,000 miles per hour. Meteorites are the surviving pieces that make it to the ground.

  • Joey Payne