Large Meteor Lights up Midwestern Sky

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Emergency phone lines in the Midwest rang off the hook Wednesday night with reports of a bright light flying across the sky.

A police dashboard camera in Iowa captured the meteor streaking across the sky like a ball of light. There were also reports of rumbling.

"It was somewhat alarming to me," one witness said. "I've seen shooting stars, but I've never seen something jetting across the sky with flames shooting off it."

There was also a similar scene in Wisconsin, where radar suggests the meteor actually landed. Numerous emergency calls were reported there, too.

"There were reports of four to five minutes of explosions or rumbling. He couldn't say what the sound was but speculated it may have been a sonic boom if the meteor broke the sound barrier," Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said.

The National Weather Service confirms the light was a meteor going through the earth's atmosphere.

A total of seven Midwestern states reported seeing the meteor. Forecasters said the meteor was part meteor shower which is expected to last through April 21.

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