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Another Bright Flash Lights Up Indiana Sky



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    A bright flash lit up Midwestern skies once again Wednesday night, one day after a meteor entered the atmosphere causing a massive "boom" to be felt in Michigan. 

    Police and social media users reported seeing the latest bright flash in the sky just after 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in Indiana.

    "A bright blue green flash was witnessed by officers in Shelby, Rush & Henry CO at approximately 11:50 p.m.," Morristown Police tweeted. 

    Authorities said there were no reported of power outages following the flash, but noted it "may have been a meteor" or possibly a shooting star.

    Social media users flocked to report the sighting as well, sharing photos and videos of the scene as it unfolded. 

    The National Weather Service in Indianapolis confirmed it received reports of a flash in the sky, noting that meteorologists also saw the light burst, but could not confirm what it was. Meteorologist Angela Buchman at NBC's Indianapolis affiliate station WTHR, reported witnessing the flash as drove on Interstate 70 on the east side of the city. 

    According to the American Meteorological Society's website, there were numerous of reports of a meteor sightings around that time in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. 

    What exactly the flash was, however, remains unclear. 

    On Tuesday night, the National Weather Service in Detroit confirmed a meteor broke apart about 20 miles above ground over Michigan. An "atmospheric compression wave" then hit the ground, causing a loud "boom" and what the USGS said was the equivalent of a 2.0 magnitude earthquake.

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    "Some small fragments may have reached the ground downstream," the NWS Detroit tweeted. 

    The meteor was about 6 feet in diameter and was traveling around 28,000 mph, officials said. 

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