On Tuesday night, Twitter was lit with videos that appeared to show a fireball shooting through the sky above Michigan.
Surveillance and car dash camera footage recorded flashes of blue and orange exploding over the southeast highways of the state, causing a shower of speculation to fall over social media.
After witness accounts made the rounds, the National Weather Service Detroit tweeted that the bright light and loud boom was “likely” a meteor. Citing the U.S. Geological Survey, NWSD later confirmed that a meteor had occurred.
According to NPR, the meteor blew up over Detroit with enough force to register as a 2.0 earthquake. There were no reports of damage on the ground.
Local law enforcement urged witnesses not to call 911 in regards to the space flame, noting in a Facebook post that the sighting was a “natural meteor fireball.”
But the internet wasn’t entirely convinced. See recordings of the big boom for yourself (below) — along with some alarmed reactions.
Meteor just crashed into the metro Detroit area, hopefully it didn’t create anymore pot holes..
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Michigan Problems (@michiganprobz) January 17, 2018
We are two weeks into 2018. Kim Kardashian├óΓé¼Γäós 3rd child was born via surrogate today…the same day a meteor hit Detroit and shook all of Michigan. We still don├óΓé¼Γäót know if Kylie is pregnant. Hawaii almost died last week. “New California” is trying to become the 51st state. pic.twitter.com/ciJTMaENFi
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Rachel Dutchak (@Racheldutchak) January 17, 2018
Did YOU catch a glimpse at the meteor?
[Image via YouTube.]