Watch this spectacular meteor explode over the night sky in MI

"This goes above the level of what we would call just a bright fireball for a couple reasons", Mr. Beatty said.

Another person joked that it was lucky the suspected meteor didn't fly across the sky over the weekend when a nuclear bomb alert was accidentally released.

This meteor also came with a sonic boom, with many reporting a loud sound.

The quake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, MI, and the NWS says the meteor occurred around 8:10 p.m. ET.

"That could be kind of slow".

NASA says the meteor is considered a slow-moving one at a measly 28,000 miles per hour.

The AMS website was not responding on Tuesday night, presumably due to a flood of people attempting to visit the site. "I thought maybe I've been watching too much sci-fi on Netflix", she said. "It was something I had never seen anything like that, so it was pretty cool".

Michigan State Police also seem convinced the incident was a meteor, and confirmed that the light and boom were at least not the result of any airplane activity.

"This one seems to have happened quite a distance up in our atmosphere, as evidenced by the fact that folks in Chicago saw the light", he said. One Twitter user captured the entire display in a 10-second dashcam video.

Moments after the meteor flew across the region around 8 p.m. local time, the National Weather Service confirmed that it caused a "magnitude 2.0 natural disaster".

"The little pieces, as they're falling to the ground, showed up on weather radar". Mr. Beatty said the everyday shooting star is created by something no larger than a pea, but contains the same energy as a vehicle traveling 200 miles per hour. Some people reported seeing what looked like a fireball hearing a loud boom.

The NASA Meteor Watch notes in its Facebook post that the explosion likely produced meteorites-chunks of interplanetary rock and metal that survive the atmospheric plunge and fall to the ground.

  • Jon Douglas