Monday, May 20, 2019

Meteor Illuminates Sky Over Chicago Area

A fiery meteor lit up the skies over Chicago last week in an event that was seen across many states. Hundreds of people reported seeing the bright fireball around midnight May 11, according to the American Meteor Society website. The fireball most likely originated above the middle of Lake Michigan and ended up near South Bend, Indiana.

Reports on the website indicate the meteor was seen in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

A Woodridge police officer captured the event on his squad car camera. Sergeant Chrusciel was near the 75th St./Interstate 355 intersection facing east when the fireball appeared.

Jim Hoff, a Village of Woodridge management analyst, wrote: “The city did not receive any reports.

“The meteor occurred early in the morning, and many people were likely sleeping.”

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