Fireball over Iowa and Illinois on July 8th

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AMS Event #2307-2018
AMS Event #2307-2018 recorded by D.Bush from Albany, Mi –

Nearly 600 fireball reports from 9 states

The AMS has received nearly 600 reports so far about of a fireball event seen above Iowa and Michigan on July 8th, 2018 around 8:40pm CDT (July 9th 01:40 Universal Time). The fireball was seen primarily from Iowa and Illinois but was also seen from Minnesota, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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The estimated 3D trajectory computed from the witness reports shows an shallow entry angle, one that could be associated with an Earth grazing fireball. But many witnesses reported a fragmentation – it could mean the meteoroid actually went through the Earth atmosphere.

AMS Event #2307-2018
AMS Event #2307-2018 – First estimated 3D Trajectory
AMS Event #2307-2018 - Witness Location
AMS Event #2307-2018 – Witness Location & Est. ground trajectory
AMS Event #2307-2018 - Heatmap

AMS Event #2307-2018 – Witness Location (Heatmap) & Est. ground trajectory

2 Videos

Witness Patricia K. (report 2307fd-2018) shared a security cam video of the flash produced by the event from West Farmington, OH.

Daniel Bush from Albany, MO (report 2307ew-2018) didn’t witness the event himself but caught it on two overlapping cameras and was kind enough to share his video with us:


  • John Smallwood 5 years ago

    I saw this from our rural residence six miles due west of Monmouth Illinois. It was visible for almost ten seconds and was a beautiful gas flame blue color. I was photographing a cropduster and had my camera in hand with 300MM zoom and was so surprised I never thought to try to photograph it.

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    • Whisperin Pints 5 years ago

      Same here, all we could do is gape in awe. I saw it with my granddaughter in rural Atlantic, Iowa. I haven’t seen a video yet that does justice to the beautiful colors. We also saw an orange/pink halo around the coma during the last 8-10 seconds before it burned out. Fantastic experience to share with a loved one!

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    • Mark McConnell 5 years ago

      Greetings, I’m in LaCrosse, WI and saw it for about 3 seconds low in the southern sky….fragmenting. I’ve only seen one other like this in my 58 years and it was truly wonderful! Same blue-green color you mention. Thanks!

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  • Kara Grupp 5 years ago

    Hi, I just filled out a report and I forgot to mention in the comment field that I wasn’t sure of the exact time. It was after 8pm, and before 9 for sure. Just wanted to make it clear I was not precise on that! Thanks!

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  • Mark 5 years ago

    I believe I saw this from the ground outside of Ripon, Wisconsin facing due west (approximate location 43.855N , 88.938W)

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  • Bryan Butcher 5 years ago

    Do we know what the exposure time on the Missouri video? There is definitely a secondary object in the upper right of the frame. Just wondering if it’s an airplane?

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  • Mike 5 years ago

    We saw it from Peotone, Il. West sky moving north to south, guessing about 30deg angle from horizon, bright green with 2-3 piece separation before disappearing.

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    • Bill Andrew 5 years ago

      This is exactly what I saw while on interstate 94 in indiana, heading west at about mile marker 8 or 9. Green color, in two pieces right next to each other. Only moved in a horizontal plane, never appeared to descend. 8:40pm central time

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    • June M Aurella 5 years ago

      Hi Mike, we saw this from Momence to Bradly/Bourbonnais also. We were on the 3,000 Rd.traveling east to west when we saw something blue green zip across the sky. There was only corn fields and a dusk sky so we didn’t know what it was until next morning when someone at work told me to look up fireball. I did a report. It was completely horizontal across the sky. So cool!

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  • Gary Dooley 5 years ago

    We saw it . It had a well defined trail and it was green at the head and trail had gold edge. Trail stayed the same across the sky traveling N.E. to S.E. above Indianola, Iowa

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  • Amy Larm 5 years ago

    I live in lees summit mo and my mother, my husband and I were sitting in the living watching a movie when my husband jumped up and ran the the sliding glass doors which face the north east a yelled “what is that”. Scared my mom and I. He said a missle just flew across the sky. Of course we just laughed at him.

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    • David 5 years ago

      I’m with your husband. This was over 30 years ago as my daughter had not been born yet. We lived in Liberty at the time and had some friends over having a few drinks. We ran out of beer and there was a liquor store about a half mile away so I jumped in the car to get another 12 pack. When I looked up in the southeast sky (it was night time) and there was a glowing object in the sky. When I came out of the store it was gone and didn’t say anything thinking I would be told you are drunk. The next morning one of the TV stations reported that many had seen it and it was a low orbit satellite burning up on reentry to Earth’s atmosphere

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  • Ellen Humphrey 5 years ago

    The trail of witness reports would not have stopped there if it passed through. Based on the trajectory as seen from here in Cest Falls, I believe it most certainly hit the Earth. But I’m no astronomer.

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  • Curtis Medley 5 years ago

    I too witnessed this from Caledonia, Missouri while driving North on 21 Highway last night it was traveling from West to East and I saw at least one debris come off of it before it dissipated.

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    • Whisperin Pints 5 years ago

      That’s what we witnessed outside of Atlantic, Iowa.

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  • Becky Davis 5 years ago

    My husband and I saw it, we weren’t sure what it was, about 8:40-8:45 coming home from Metamora, Illinois. It looked like a bright light, I thought maybe a little green, then looked like a trail of fire, then gone…I was glad to see this report, we thought we were crazy…

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    • Kirk D Sheckler 5 years ago

      My son saw it just south of Pekin while fishing on Illinois River. He described the event and said he could hear the whoosh and as it broke up the fizzle as it burned through the atmosphere.

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  • Jim Langheim 5 years ago

    Around 8:20/8:30 pm cst I was on my front porch drinking a beer enjoying the night sky off in the distance looking West seen the very bright green light traveling very fast. It lasted a good 10-15 second, it split into a Y the burnt itself out . First thing I did was call my son Zach told him what I saw. Jim Langheim Monticello Illinois

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  • John Hacker 5 years ago

    I reported this thing on AMS from Carl Junction, Missouri, but may have done something wrong because I don’t see my report. It was incredible to see it in the twilight. It was still very bright and this meteor had a light blue cast.

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  • John Takao Collier 5 years ago

    Fantastic Fireball

    While driving westbound on I-94 in Michigan (approximately at mile marker 37) on Sunday, 2018-07-08 at approximately 9:40 PM EDT, I witnessed an absolutely gorgeous fireball streak low near the western horizon.

    The fireball was slow moving, going north to south, and it was a beautiful greenish-blue on the outside and bright white near the center. It covered the entire span from one side of my front windshield to the other (guesstimate, a 60 degree span). It had a tail that was approximately 5 degrees long. The fireball itself was maybe 5 degrees above the horizon. Just before it winked out, it looked like it broke up into several smaller pieces.

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  • Ashley Marie Bysfield 5 years ago

    My family and I saw it in st joseph, Mo last night

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  • Jake Armbrust 5 years ago

    I seent it, it was green! I was looking into the sky off in the south from Edina, Minnesota!

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  • Tricia 5 years ago

    I saw this amazing event as well in Stillwater, MN! Pretty much like what everyone is already reporting, blue/green, bright, long tail, pretty cool!

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  • Bernie Calkins 5 years ago

    My wife and I were westbound on I-80 . The sun had set, but it was still twilight. We were just west of Geneseo, IL. We saw the meteor shoot from right to left with a bluish white hot trail following it. It got about 3/4 of the way across the sky to the left,and then just fizzled out. Much faster and brighter than any plane! It also didn’t lose any trajectory and it flew across as straight as an arrow!

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    • John Smallwood 5 years ago

      I was about thirty miles SW of you. I have noted some differences in what color the fireball appeared to different witnesses. I don’t know if vantage point makes a difference but I saw something very similar. My first thought apon seeing this was what a beautiful “gas flame” blue it was.

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  • Irene Vazquez 5 years ago

    My friend and I were outside and see pointed it out. We are from Owatonna MN , it looked like a big fireball falling South east of our city.. During day time still. It didn’t look like a rocket .. We could see the the blue and green colors of this fireball.. It was amazing

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  • Joe 5 years ago

    I saw this after salmon fishing Lake Michigan in Winthrop harbor I thought i was going nuts was with 4 other people

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  • Jason Kendall 5 years ago

    I was on Delta Flight 2214 from MSP to JFK. My girlfriend saw it first. She was looking out the window, and had enough time to tell me to look out. It looked like it was going laterally to us. We were at about 34000 feet over Sparta WI, or so the “flight tracker” on the chair said. It looked like the glint of another airplane in the sunset, but the sun wasn’t bright enough at the time to do that like I’ve seen in the past. She, too, saw the bluish-ness of it and saw a big piece break off. Yes, we reported it into the app….

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  • Jesse Cook 5 years ago

    I was fishing a local farm pond in south central Iowa (Guthrie co) facing east and noticed it around 8:30 pm. A few minutes later I heard a strange load boom as if a bomb went off.

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  • Richard Rogness 5 years ago

    My wife and I both saw the meteor from n695 Hopkins rd, Arlington wi on Sunday night at about 8:40. We were driving on WI Hwy 51 southbound. She saw it first low on the western horizon, then I saw it. She might have seen it for 2-3 seconds and me for Maybe 1 second. Looked like a light blue flame with sparks behind it. We decided it was way too fast for a jet plane. (We are near a military jet base) and i thought a shooting star, but it was low and horizontal I the western sky. It looked like it was maybe 20 miles away, not 200. :). I was not able to report this on the website due to tech difficulties.

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  • Teresa Miller 5 years ago

    We saw it with friends while boating and waiting for sunset on Lake Nehai in MO. Spectacular!

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  • Brian 5 years ago

    Awesome Fireball!

    I was driving Westbound around 8:35pm – 8:40pm., Carol Stream, IL. when a green, blue colored ball screamed across the sky along the horizon from as it appeared coming from the North maybe Northwest to the South / South East, amazing flares were trailing off the object as it screamed by.

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  • Abby Evans 5 years ago

    my family was on our back deck in LOGAN Iowa and saw this! we stood stock still with our mouths open! it was unbelievable

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  • Kurt 5 years ago

    Saw it in Lincoln, NE due east. Very cool!

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  • Jen 5 years ago

    I saw it in St.Paul, MN. The remarkable things to me were how bright, neon green it was, and how long and slow the path seemed to be.

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  • Carrie 5 years ago

    My husband and I saw it Sunday July 8th at 8:38 pm in East Bethel Minnesota on our way home. It was super fast and bright green!!

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  • Mark 5 years ago

    I live in Kansas City and saw this clear as a bell

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    • Bs 5 years ago

      I guess I should have checked date , the one we saw was around 9 pm cdt on Tuesday evening same southern direction , but shortly after sight there were two air force fighters in per suit shortly thereafter

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      • AS 5 years ago

        I saw this the same night July 9 2018 at 12:45am over Houston. At first glance it looked like a bright comet/meteor entering the earths atmosphere, a bright fireball that suddenly fragmented within a few seconds… But it’s what I saw immediately right after that which has left me staring at the skies every day for the past four years… it was a giant ship like Aircraft with four wings (that’s right 4!) and there were two translucent tubes (like looking through the cooler part of fire) but rather some kind of plasma jet gas technology from the future on each side of the giant aircraft from front wing to back wing. I literally drove underneath this thing immediately after the fireball disappeared and did not think to take my phone out and record it as I was extremely appalled and discombobulated. Almost felt as if it was controlling me. It had come to a stop and seemed to be hovering above me. It was surrounded by an unusual cloud as if the atmosphere had opened and you can see through into space. I thought I was going crazy at first until I started seeing others mention seeing the fireball. This was no comet or meteor. I immediately exited the tollway and pulled into a parking lot where I then witnessed this aircraft move left and right flashing a light before it suddenly created a bright spark and disappeared. I than saw the same spark miles away (40-50 miles) within a split second and off it disappeared for good. This thing was extremely fast and someone has their hands on this technology not released to the public yet. Your comment about Air Force fighters confirms something was going on. Closest thing I could find to it’s resemblance at the time was a Russian Ekranoplan. I have a video I took as I was exiting the tollway its blurry but shows the bright plasma propulsion and the left to right movement.

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  • Rhonda 5 years ago

    We we’re boating at Smithville Lake, Mo with family and saw green light streaking Eastward to our north. Beautiful! Did not report on website.

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  • Xavier 5 years ago

    Was Moline Illinois 6 days go saw this as i was leaving john deer headquarters.

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  • Steven 5 years ago

    We saw this while driving north on Hwy 13 south of Clinton, MO. It was a brilliant, green fire ball. It looked a lot closer than indicated by the trajectory map. Must have been pretty big!

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