Was there a meteor sighting in the Twin Cities metro overnight?

December 20, 2018 06:17 PM

Was a meteor responsible for a number of reports of loud explosions in the metro area overnight?

Reports and video of a possible meteor were making the rounds on social media Thursday. And the website of the American Meteor Society Thursday afternoon said it was investigating 14 reports received from the Twin Cities metro area.

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The reports were received from Cambridge (3), Oak Grove (2), Minneapolis (2), Prior Lake, Chanhassen, Otsego, Elk River, Isanti, Mora and Wyoming.

Tyler Hasenstein, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities, said his office also received numerous reports of a potential meteor.

"We have, but we aren't allowed to confirm anything because we aren't related to astronomy," said Hasenstein, who added the reports were not weather-related.

Michelle Margraf, also a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told KSTP that the NWS received calls from Anoka County Dispatch beginning around 2:15 a.m. Thursday.

She said the calls were regarding noises and flashes. However, she said nothing on the radar or satellite showed there was a "meteorological phenomenon."

Diedre Zelin of Bethel said she was in her kitchen when she heard a boom just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

"It sounded like an explosion or a car crash outside the house," she said. "It shook the whole house. It rattled the floors and windows. It was really loud."

Initially, Zelin feared it was something inside her house.

"I thought my furnace blew up," she said. "I was in the kitchen, and it shook the floor and the window. My furnace is underneath. So I thought it might have been my furnace or hot water heater. It was kind of scary."

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