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Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky
CNN ^ | 04/14/2010 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 04/15/2010 12:15:13 PM PDT by autumnraine

Authorities in several Midwestern states were flooded Wednesday night with reports of a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky, the National Weather Service said.

The fireball was visible for about 15 minutes beginning about 10 p.m., said the National Weather Service in Sullivan, Wisconsin, just west of Milwaukee.

"The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east," said the NWS in the Quad Cities area, which includes parts of Iowa and Illinois.

"Well before it reached the horizon, it broke up into smaller pieces and was lost from sight," the service said. "Several reports of a prolonged sonic boom were received from areas north of Highway 20, along with shaking of homes, trees and various other objects including wind chimes," it said.

It said the fireball was seen across parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. CNN affiliate WISN-TV said that people in Ohio also saw it.

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Someone posted a thread yesterday about a large CME from the sun. Wonder if this has anything to do with this.
1 posted on 04/15/2010 12:15:13 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

Coronal mass ejection. I had to look it up, though.


2 posted on 04/15/2010 12:16:58 PM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: autumnraine

The Mother Ship at last.


3 posted on 04/15/2010 12:17:03 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (i)
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To: autumnraine

Probably the Russians throwing our stuff out of “their” space station, since the “president” will render us powerless to stop them.


4 posted on 04/15/2010 12:17:22 PM PDT by AbeKrieger (If you believe in manmade global warming, you lack the gift of reason.)
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To: AbeKrieger

Reminds me of a roommate I had once.


5 posted on 04/15/2010 12:18:08 PM PDT by Genoa (Luke 12:2)
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To: autumnraine
Photobucket
6 posted on 04/15/2010 12:18:46 PM PDT by Pajama Blogger
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To: autumnraine

And my wife even WARNED me not to launch all of those old firworks at once...

Sorry about that!


7 posted on 04/15/2010 12:19:06 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: AbeKrieger

...and our little dog, too?


8 posted on 04/15/2010 12:19:58 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Pajama Blogger

Separated At Birth?


9 posted on 04/15/2010 12:20:40 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: autumnraine

God firing a warning shot across or bow....


10 posted on 04/15/2010 12:20:44 PM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: autumnraine

The “visible for 15 minutes” statement doesn’t seem right.


11 posted on 04/15/2010 12:20:51 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: autumnraine

How do we know it wasn’t AHMANUTJOB in Iran playing with his delivery systems? Would we ever be told if this was the case?


12 posted on 04/15/2010 12:22:13 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: autumnraine

I watched it cruise by my patio doors and then saw a bright, greenish flash after it moved out of my field of view. At first I thought maybe I shouldn’t have had that second beer. Now I feel better.


13 posted on 04/15/2010 12:24:58 PM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: autumnraine
Someone posted a thread yesterday about a large CME from the sun. Wonder if this has anything to do with this.

That was my first thought as well. I also wonder if the headlines on Drudge about volcanic activity/ash have anything to do with the CME.

14 posted on 04/15/2010 12:26:23 PM PDT by camerongood210
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To: autumnraine

There was a dashcam video of a fireball last night...same one?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4tbmL_CxXs


15 posted on 04/15/2010 12:26:45 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: autumnraine
Someone posted a thread yesterday about a large CME from the sun. Wonder if this has anything to do with this.

Nothing at all. Two entirely different things.

16 posted on 04/15/2010 12:27:33 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: WayneS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpRMRM6VtKc&feature=related

Give it a few seconds, pretty cool!


17 posted on 04/15/2010 12:28:04 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: trad_anglican

And you just said, “huh?” and went to bed? Is that right?

No climbing in the fallout shelter?


18 posted on 04/15/2010 12:33:07 PM PDT by tuckrdout ( A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Prov.29:11)
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To: Malsua

That’s pretty cool. Looks like a giant meteor.


19 posted on 04/15/2010 12:34:31 PM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: autumnraine

Just dollars on their way from your wallet to the US treasury. Happens every year about this time.


20 posted on 04/15/2010 12:35:18 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: autumnraine
There was a "live" thread about it last night but apparently no one put any keywords in so I can't find it. Here is another thread about it from this morning though.

Meteor streaks across the (Midwest)region's sky (Video too!)

21 posted on 04/15/2010 12:35:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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To: camerongood210
The ash is from the Iceland Volcanoe/....see this thread:

Iceland evacuates hundreds as volcano erupts again

22 posted on 04/15/2010 12:35:49 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: nagdt
That’s pretty cool. Looks like a giant meteor.

Like a direct outtake from Close Encounters. Yeah, pretty cool.

23 posted on 04/15/2010 12:37:26 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: screaminsunshine

Has anyone seen Dennis Kucinich?


24 posted on 04/15/2010 12:39:07 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Ladysmith

From a sherrif’s dashcam. Sitting in the dark was he on a stake out or enjoying some fresh coffee and donuts.


25 posted on 04/15/2010 12:39:10 PM PDT by Bruinator (God is Great.... Beer is good.... people are?)
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To: autumnraine
On a different note, perhaps an A-flat, "sonic booms scare minority groups in Sectors R and S" (and there's hamburger all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut)...
26 posted on 04/15/2010 12:40:17 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Don't waste your vote on a 'Rat wearing an Elephant suit.)
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To: autumnraine

It’s obvious what this was: it was one of the bi-planes that Obama has ordered to protect us from Iranian missiles, going down in flames.


27 posted on 04/15/2010 12:41:34 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Is Obama an Irish, Italian or Japanese name?)
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To: autumnraine
My husband and I saw the fireball as we were coming home from church. It looked like a bright star; then it got larger and very bright before it exploded! The whole sky lit up.

It was a magificant sight.

28 posted on 04/15/2010 12:42:49 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
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To: tatsinfla

Either that or he had the Taco/ Enchilada platter with extra hot sauce like me last night!! LOL


29 posted on 04/15/2010 12:46:00 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: tuckrdout
And you just said, “huh?” and went to bed? Is that right?

Pretty much. I think I said "That was cool" and then stuck my head outside to listen for a boom but didn't hear one. Then off to bed.

30 posted on 04/15/2010 12:48:02 PM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: autumnraine

I was fishing last night up near the Wisconsin/Illinois border. At first I thought somebody was shining a spotlight from my right side and looked to the Northwest to see a yellow/orange fireball streaking by. It lit up the sky for about 3 or 4 seconds then it disappeared. What a show.


31 posted on 04/15/2010 12:48:11 PM PDT by dznutz
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To: autumnraine

32 posted on 04/15/2010 12:49:01 PM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: autumnraine
HOME ELIOT.....
33 posted on 04/15/2010 12:55:33 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: autumnraine

I was driving over this small bridge one night with my GF when all of a sudden this screaming fast roaring fireball flew right across the front of my car.
We were both like WTF!!!

The next day me and a bud searched the park alongside the bridge but found nothing.
It probably landed in the river.


34 posted on 04/15/2010 12:55:56 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: autumnraine
Ben Nelson's political career flaming out?
35 posted on 04/15/2010 1:00:52 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (ClimateScandal.org)
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To: autumnraine

Swamp Gas!


36 posted on 04/15/2010 1:02:58 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: autumnraine
a gigantic fireball lighting up the sky

Ted Kennedy's burial capsule re-entering the atmosphere.

37 posted on 04/15/2010 1:05:08 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Conservative Bostonian, atheist pro-lifer, mocker of the clueless)
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To: Moonman62
No it doesn't. Even 15 seconds would be a long time for a bolide to be visible.
38 posted on 04/15/2010 1:05:38 PM PDT by stormer
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To: autumnraine

I may be wrong, but I don’t ever remember a meteor shower that moved from West to East.
Because of the rotation of the earth, when the earth is passing through a debris field, after nightfall, any meteor appears to move east to west.

I’d bet this was a piece of space junk falling out of a west to east orbit.


39 posted on 04/15/2010 1:06:41 PM PDT by Big Otto
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To: autumnraine
"The fireball was seen over the northern sky, moving from west to east," --- broke up into smaller pieces and was lost from sight," the service said. "Several reports of a prolonged sonic boom were received from areas north of Highway 20, along with shaking of homes, trees---."

That was Barak Hussein Obama's approval rating soaring to Hell in a handbasket.

40 posted on 04/15/2010 1:22:24 PM PDT by jiminycricket000
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To: Ladysmith

BFL, thanks for the link!


41 posted on 04/15/2010 1:30:15 PM PDT by zeugma (Waco taught me everything I needed to know about the character of the U.S. Government.)
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To: TigersEye
Is this the thread you were looking for? I only remember this one because it had "Breaking" in the title.
42 posted on 04/15/2010 1:38:18 PM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO - and all your terrorist buddies, too!)
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To: All
You Know The Drill
Click the Pic

Click The Pic Hey! FReepers!
Help Fill The Tank!
How About It? Huh?
It Ain't Askin' Too Much
Ya Know....


43 posted on 04/15/2010 1:41:26 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR.......Monthly Donors Wanted.)
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To: onemiddleamerican

That’s it! Thank you. There were a few FReeper eye witnesses reporting in.


44 posted on 04/15/2010 1:42:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (Duncan Hunter, Jim DeMint, Michelle Bachman, ...)
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To: zeugma

They’re fun! My brother orders them and we’ll set them off from the boat in the middle of the lake at night. :o)


45 posted on 04/15/2010 1:42:13 PM PDT by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Pajama Blogger

Boy, Mork and Mindy have really changed. It’s uch a shame when you lose you looks along with your mind. Mindy was a babe.


46 posted on 04/15/2010 2:26:05 PM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (The Constitution is the issue, other issues are small potatoes. If we fail none will matter.)
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To: ALASKA; ActionNewsBill; A knight without armor; albertp; areafiftyone; aruanan; ...

Pinging the unidentified aerial phenomena list..


47 posted on 04/15/2010 4:56:57 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (To anger a Conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a Liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: autumnraine

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48 posted on 04/15/2010 5:02:30 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Thanks for the ping. Anyone going with space junk?


49 posted on 04/15/2010 5:47:27 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: Moonman62
The “visible for 15 minutes” statement doesn’t seem right.

Drudge has different video cams catching the show - that might be where the time estimates came from...

50 posted on 04/15/2010 5:49:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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