Suspected meteor blasts across Detroit sky


DETROIT – News 6 sister station WDIV-TV in Detroit received hundreds of calls from across the area from residents who saw a bright light and heard a loud explosion Tuesday night.

Reports started pouring in around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the staff also reported seeing the flash and hearing a noise.

It appears the actual occurrence was at 8:08 p.m.

The National Weather Service later said the flash and boom seen by residents across Metro Detroit was likely a meteor.

So far, there has been no explanation for what might have caused it.

WDIV-TV meteorologist Paul Gross said the bright light and loud noise might have been caused by a bolide, which is a meteor that breaks up in the atmosphere.

Videos from across the area:

WAS IT A METEOR??? This video captures the bright light everyone has seen in the sky tonight. Courtesy of #Local4 viewer Kevin McCombs. pic.twitter.com/RY4u23jYAY

— Jason Colthorp (@JasonColthorp) January 17, 2018