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 Post subject: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 3:35 am 
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At about 8:20 EST I saw a bright flash that lit up the sky like daylight, followed by 2 rapid thundering explosions that rattled the whole the house. No definitive answers yet. The local media is speculating that it was a meteorite.

Anyone else see or hear it?

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 3:39 am 
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I doubt I'd have seen it here in MN if I had been outside, but unfortunately I've been inside most of the day today. Supposedly getting into my taxes, but... well, it's sort of hard to get started.
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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 3:45 am 
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Wow, Detroit News has dashcam video on their website.

Really lit up the sky!


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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 4:04 am 
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Tkilboy wrote:
Wow, Detroit News has dashcam video on their website.

Really lit up the sky!
Yes. Just watched it. You can see the 2 flashes at the end. Must have been the boom boom that I heard and felt!

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 4:35 am 
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When I heard it, I thought something had landed on the roof. During the summer months after dark we'll sometimes hear a raccoon land on our roof jumping from the spruce that's too close to the house. That was the first thing I thought about, but it's too dang cold out to go check (or for raccoons to be out). I didn't think any more about it until I saw this post. Then I checked the local TV news sites (WXYX, WJBK, WDIV) and they've got all the videos. Pretty cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 4:59 am 
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The video from people's security cameras on the 10PM news is amazing.

We were indoors and didn't see or hear it but those who were outside definitely did, and the 911 switchboards got lots of calls wondering what it was. We are about 20 miles south of downtown Detroit on the river.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 5:00 am 
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I think people in Detroit have gotten used to bright flashes and loud bangs.


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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 5:40 am 
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Johnnysan wrote:
I think people in Detroit have gotten used to bright flashes and loud bangs.

No different than Albuquerque on a Saturday night! Just a bit smaller. :wink:

FYI I lived mid state for a bit over nine years in the 80's. Some pretty interesting festivities on Saturday nights reported on KOAT,KOB. Not to mention the times when I happened to take inter-hospital transfers from our small rural hospital to "the city" and hit Pres, St. Joe's or UNM/BCMC at the right time. I was a state licensed EMT there from 82-88.


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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 7:00 am 
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Matt Kroll wrote:
Tkilboy wrote:
Wow, Detroit News has dashcam video on their website.

Really lit up the sky!
Yes. Just watched it. You can see the 2 flashes at the end. Must have been the boom boom that I heard and felt!



If that had happened over Hawaii last Saturday, after the alarm, there would have been a "run" on the local laundromats.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 8:48 am 
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I witnessed a daytime bolide some 15 or more years back. It was visually spectacular, but no boom in my area. It was pretty high up and travelling at a slight downwards angle. I can still visualize the greenish color and numerous fragments splitting off it all leaving glowing trails. It was all over in seconds. I just happened to be on the street looking north and caught it happening.
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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 12:12 pm 
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I heard it in Livonia but wasn't by a window to see the flash. Thought it might have been thunder at first, but then started thinking it was something else.


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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 3:38 pm 
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Im always curious why these events always seem to occur in the dead of winter in some northern climate location (most often Russia). Or maybe we just dont see dashcam of it from warmer climates.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 5:44 pm 
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My wife and I were having dinner on Grosse Ile and heard a small rumble. We thought it was a passing truck. Then her phone started going off with folks posting about a possible meteor siting. Would have loved to see it!

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 5:52 pm 
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flyboy71 wrote:
Im always curious why these events always seem to occur in the dead of winter in some northern climate location (most often Russia). Or maybe we just dont see dashcam of it from warmer climates.

Most likely because of the position the earth is in at dead of winter. I'm not well versed on astronomy, but have read about things like the perseid meteor shower. That happens in late summer, IIRC, and lots of meteor's crash into the earth at that time. Obviously the earth is in the path of a bunch of space debris at that time.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Wed 17, 2018 5:55 pm 
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Here it is:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/earthquake-cau ... d=52397269

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 2:05 am 
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I saw a big old fireball when I was a kid and was impressed, 1964 I believe. And I saw a video the other day of a Chinese booster rocket falling out of the sky near some city and kabloom. Maybe that was the rest of the rocket that you heard or saw!

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 3:52 am 
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I've heard that some people scour the area after these events, apparently meteorites are a hot commodity in some circles.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 5:54 am 
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Number 6 wrote:
I've heard that some people scour the area after these events, apparently meteorites are a hot commodity in some circles.



News today showed hundreds of people out looking, they reported that a chunk of meteorite weighing more than a pound would sell for $1 million or more. Based upon where it was last seen, more than likely went into the lake, or over into Canada in the middle of nowhere, likely never to be found.

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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
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Number 6 wrote:
I've heard that some people scour the area after these events, apparently meteorites are a hot commodity in some circles.

People love 'em because space rocks taste better than earth rocks. Yeah, they are a little meteor. TADA. :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Meteorite explosion
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 1:23 am 
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Wife and I saw the flash and thought someone was trying to drive between our house and the one nextdoor. By the time I got outside I didn't see anything and never heard the Sonic boom.

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