Thousands of reports of a bright fireball, flash and what sounded like an explosion on Tuesday night shortly after 8pm flooded social media. The bright flash is believed to have been a space rock entering earth's atmosphere and breaking up. But did it hit the ground? It's hard to say, since the event has choked up the American Meteor Society's website. An alert from Ingham County Emergency Management at 8:40pm read "There is no indication that anything landed on the ground or caused damage." But there are reports on social media that say it was a meteor and it landed in a field between Perry and Owosso.
This is just one clip of many that are circulating online of the event. Dashcam footage shows the fireball streaking across the sky before a bright orange burst and then...darkness. This is how many of the reports have described what happened on Tuesday evening.
Despite bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures, hundreds of people poured onto downtown Owosso streets to usher in the new year with a Times Square-style ball drop. The ball lowered in a seemingly usual fashion, but moments before midnight, seemed to get stuck. Then, less than a minute after the clock struck midnight and Auld Lang Syne began playing; fireworks illuminating the sky, somehow the ball broke free and fell, crashing into the platform below.