VIDEO: Meteor flashes across Midwest early Monday

Meteor caught on police dash cam video in Lisle, Illinois. (Courtesy American Meteor Society via National Weather Service/Feb. 6, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD/AP) — The American Meteor Society received more than 200 reports about a fireball in the sky primarily in the Midwest including Michigan early Monday morning.

The meteor was caught on police dash cam footage in Lisle, Illinois, around 2:30 a.m. ET. The video was re-posted on Twitter by the National Weather Service in Chicago.

According to the American Meteor Society’s website, there were 222 reports about the meteor from 12 states as well as Ontario, Canada, as of 9:30 a.m. Monday.

In West Michigan, Mike DeWaard heard about the meteor and checked the camera in his backyard located north of Holland.  Sure enough, it recorded the falling meteor.

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.

Many people in West Michigan also contacted 24 Hour News 8 after seeing the meteor flash through the sky. If you were able to get a picture or video of the meteor, please email it to us through ReportIt@woodtv.com.

Sightings of the meteor throughout the Midwest. (Courtesy American Meteor Society/Feb. 6, 2017)
Sightings of the meteor throughout the United States. (Courtesy American Meteor Society/Feb. 6, 2017)