Fireball blazes across Midwest skies, leaves 'brilliant green light'

- All eyes were on the evening sky Sunday as residents across nine Midwest states reported seeing a fireball, or a bright meteor, fly by. 

The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed Monday that it received 270 reports about the fireball event throughout Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

"The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reports shows an shallow entry angle, one that could be associated with an Earth grazing fireball," the AMS explained in a post online. "But many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it could mean the meteoroid actually went through the Earth atmosphere."

"Airline crew here, we saw it pass from right to left (north to south) over Moline, IL. It left a brilliant green light, and shed lots of debris as it entered the atmosphere, exploding at the end," one Twitter user explained.

"Anyone just see the Big Green fireball fly thru the sky!?????? Just flew over me as I was passing Mahoney St Park. THAT THING WAS BOOKING IT!!!!!" another exclaimed.

"I also saw the green shooting star / fireball in Saint Paul. Definitely a meteorite," one user added.


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