Fireball Shoots Through Minnesota, Iowa Skies

Several people reported hearing sonic booms. Security cameras captured incredible video of the fireball.

A screen capture from the City of North Liberty (IA) Streets Department
A screen capture from the City of North Liberty (IA) Streets Department

A fireball shooting through the skies wowed people across Iowa and Minnesota the day after Christmas.

The American Meteor Society reports that it’s received more than 1,050 reports of a fireball seen over the Iowa-Minnesota border at about 5:45 p.m. Dec. 26—making it the third most reported fireball in the history of the society’s online reporting system.

“Witnessed described a fireball as bright as the Sun that fragmented into many parts,” the society reported. “Several witnesses reported sonic effects associated with the meteors including at least three reports of delayed booms.”

While the bulk of the reports come from Iowa and Minnesota’s southern border, a handful of witnesses in the Twin Cities posted reports.

“Brightest and biggest meteor I've ever seen; I've gone out to see a few meteor showers,” wrote Brittany N., of St. Michael. She added that it fragmented, “kind of like sparks coming off the side of it.”

A camera from the City of North Liberty (IA) Streets Department captured the fireball arcing across the sky. Check it out in the video above.

yomammy December 31, 2013 at 02:11 PM
bushes fault
Dan Crabtree January 02, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Odd as these fireballs never cause any damage in the last four hundred years or so...at least any that was recporded on paper that is....wonder why?..
yomammy January 02, 2014 at 02:52 PM
other than the one in Russia that cause a TON of damage from the shockwave...
Kay Manning January 02, 2014 at 10:23 PM
The spores have now released the viral particles and we need to wait and see.
David Emrick January 03, 2014 at 01:16 AM
hope the next one finishes it already
Cherie' Waggie January 03, 2014 at 01:23 AM
December 1980, the night before Christmas Eve, over England, a shooting fireball that was bright and breaking apart, through a clear winter sky. My husband and I were coming home from a Christmas party when we saw it. It was huge and one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Unsolved Mysteries did a story about it years in 1983 or 1984.


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