A Meteor Literally Rocked Michigan

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter
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The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a meteor had struck an area north of Detroit, registering as a magnitude 2.0 earthquake at its epicenter.

Calls and reports flooded Michigan authorities around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

People living in six states and Canada saw a bright flash, and those closer to the meteor’s flight path also heard a loud explosion as the rock shattered traveling through Earth’s atmosphere, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).

“I went to turn and I noticed a ball of flame coming at an angle,” one man told The Detroit News. “It just blew up into a bunch of sparks. I didn’t even know what to think. It was kind of odd how orange the sky was behind me and this blaze of flame out of nowhere.”

AMS measured the meteor flying through the sky at a “very slow” 28,000 miles per hour.

The meteor made impact about 40 miles north of Detroit and just five miles from the town of New Haven.

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