Meteor Over Lake Michigan Lights Up Sky in Several States

Feb 6, 2017

Meteor captured on dashcam video from police cruiser
Credit Facebook/US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

A meteor over Lake Michigan lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest early this morning.  Dashcam video from police cruisers in Illinois and Wisconsin captured the fireball streaking through the dark sky about 1:30 a.m. In addition to Illinois and Wisconsin, the American Meteor Society lists sightings in Indiana, Michigan and other states as well.

Meteorologist Jeff Last of the National Weather Service's office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, says the meteor was accompanied by a sonic boom that shook houses in the region.  Last says radar shows the meteor passing over Lake Michigan, but he said it's not clear if it landed in the water or if it broke up in the sky.