In further tweets the NWS Detroit said the meteor was about 182 centimetres in diameter and was travelling at 45,000kph before breaking up at least 32km above the ground.
A meteor hitting the ground is called a meteorite and only very large and extremely rare meteorites reach the Earth with enough energy to produce explosive craters.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the meteor explosion and said an quake of magnitude 2.0 was recorded at the same time when the meteor flashed through the sky in MI. Bill Cooke with NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told The Detroit News Wednesday morning it was "definitely a meteoroid" and a rare sight for MI. Videos posted across social media networks showed a bright spot streaking across the sky before exploding, flooding the darkness with light. "It's a meteor burning up as it's entering the Earth's atmosphere".
A meteor that exploded in the skies above metropolitan Detroit could be a moneymaker for anyone who finds a piece of it.
This "fireball meteor" seems to be a bolide meteor according to the Michael J. Narlock, Head of Astronomy at Cranbrook Institute of Science in MI. Just at about 8:15 p.m. people residing in metro Detroit saw a bright flashing light followed by booming sound and shaking of homes. We have chosen a few of the better videos out there, and you can see them all embedded in the post below. Some people reported hearing a loud boom and what looked like a fireball.
Bill Cooke, the lead of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said Tuesday night's phenomenon occurred when a meteor, measuring about two yards in diameter and traveling at about 28,000 miles per hour, entered the Earth's atmosphere over MI.
"I hope I am wrong also, but with this stuff happening all over the world and being reported increasingly it does make you wonder".
Did the meteoroid burn up completely or did fragments of it fall to Earth?