New boom no mystery this time: Said to be meteor that caused minor earthquake

New boom no mystery this time: Said to be meteor that caused minor earthquake
The meteor that rattled Detroit, 16 Jan 2018. (Image: Screen grab of CBS video, YouTube)

[Ed. – So, not one of our true mystery booms.  But we’re always glad to have a ready explanation for these exciting phenomena.]

Residents of southeast Michigan were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and the ground beneath them shook.

A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite.

The National Weather Service eventually solved the mystery, tweeting “USGS confirms meteor occurred around 810 pm, causing a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.”

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According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven, Michigan, located about 40 miles northeast of Detroit.

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