06/15/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Midwest Meteor: Huge Fireball Lights Up Sky

What was believed to have been a large meteor streaked over northern Illinois and other Midwestern states Wednesday night.

Reports of meteor sightings about 10 p.m. Wednesday came in to the National Weather Service from wide areas across the Midwest, including Wisconsin and eastern Iowa, said Nathan Marsili, a meteorologist with the weather service's Chicago-area office. News outlets from Missouri to Minnesota and east to Michigan reported sightings, and some reports indicated the light could have come from space junk entering the atmosphere rather than a meteor.

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