Meteor lights up the night sky over
Illinois and Wisconsin
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[February 07, 2017]
(Reuters) - A meteor plummeted in a
fireball over Lake Michigan early on Monday, lighting up the night sky
in bright blue just before scattering over the lake in many pieces,
according to a police video and an expert's description.Lisle, Illinois,
police officer Jim Dexter recorded the meteor's descent on the dash
camera of his patrol car at 1:25 a.m.
Aside from Lisle, which is less than 30 miles (48 km) east of Chicago,
and other parts of Illinois; witnesses reported seeing the meteor from
Wisconsin, Michigan and as far away as New York state and the Canadian
province of Ontario, according to a description on the website of the
American Meteor Society.
The meteor's fiery descent is likely to rank as one of the most
spectacular events of its kind anywhere in the world this year, Mike
Hankey, operations manager for the society, said by telephone.
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The meteor broke apart into pieces of rock and metallic dust that
descended in a cloud onto Lake Michigan, Hankey said. No one is
reported to have been injured by debris, he said.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Sandra
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