Reports of overnight meteor flood social media
A bright light, which the National Weather Service is calling a meteor, streaks across the sky over Plover at 1:25 a.m. Monday. It was captured by a security camera and shared by Thomas Pozarski.
FOND DU LAC - Many across the state were shaken awake early Monday by a loud noise and a flash of light.
In several community Facebook groups, people from all over the area shared their reactions to the noise and light, ranging from not hearing it at all to being startled out of bed by it.
Initial reports suggest a meteor flashed across the sky in parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. In a video shared with the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin from Plover, Thomas Pozarski's business security camera captured the meteor at 1:25 a.m.
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The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan posted the submitted video from Plover and another from Lisle, Ill. to their social media accounts and the City of Fond du Lac Police Department posted on Twitter that they received multiple reports, and some of their officers had seen it as well.
National Weather Service meteorologist JJ Wood confirmed the posts he's seen on social media best describe a meteor, which appeared around 1:25 a.m.
While most people saw a bright flash of light, only some heard a loud "boom" four to five minutes after the light, Wood said.
"They're all kind of the same," Wood said. "You see a bright flash. Sometimes you can even see a streak or a fireball going across the sky quickly."
Fox Crossing Police received numerous phone calls early Monday following the flash and bang.
“Our night shift lieutenant said that it basically lit up the sky like daylight,” said Jason Weber, community liaison officer.
The department periodically receives calls about loud bangs, Weber said, but nothing like this.
While Wood can't confirm that the meteor hit the surface, he said that if it did, it would have hit somewhere in central Lake Michigan.
The American Meteor Society, which monitors meteor showers, received over 185 reports of a green fireball from parts of Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, New York and Ontario.
While small amounts of space matter don't enter the Earth's atmosphere every day, Wood said it occurs more often than people think.
"In one spot, they're relatively rare, but overall, they're not all that uncommon across the world."
Reach Madeline Zukowski at 920-907-7968 or email@example.com; on Twitter:@madszuko. Post-Crescent Reporter Ethan Safran contributed to this report.