"Giant Fireball" Lights up Night Sky; What Was It?

Still image of dashcam video submitted to KCRG.com by Tim Beckman, Deputy Sheriff Howard County.


By Aaron Hepker

EASTERN IOWA — If you were outside enjoying the weather Wednesday night, you might have spotted a cosmic light show streak across the Iowa sky. The meteor burning through the atmosphere appeared to be a “giant fireball." Itwas spotted just after ten o'clock Wednesday night. Reports have been coming into the KCRG-TV9 newsroom from viewers who witnessed the event across Eastern Iowa, southwest Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. Additional reports have been coming in from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Indiana and Michigan. So what was it that everyone saw? There has been no official confirmation to determine what fell from the sky. One possibility, discussed by the National Weather Service, is that what many people across the Midwest saw was a meteor. The bright meteor may be related to a weak ongoing meteor shower, the Gamma Virginids. Read more from the Weather Water Cooler. If you have any photos or video of Wednesday night's fireball, email them to newsroom@kcrg.com. Dashcam Video: Meteor Over Elma, IA Loop of Video from University of Wisconsin: Facebook page: I survived the April 14 meteor explosion

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