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Huge flash in the night may have been meteor

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  • Up To Late...
    Nov. 18, 2009 8:21 a.m.

    I was in my bedroom in Eagle Mountain looking out to the south when the entire town went very bright. Shortly afterwards it sounded like a bomb went off and windows rattled and it felt like an earthquake. It appeared to have landed here but I doubt it. My 14 year old son was outside when it happened and was all excited and telling me all about it.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 8:40 a.m.

    Rad

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:15 a.m.

    It sounds very much like what you would see if they dropped the big one. Good thing I was asleep. I might have been ducking and covering and kissing my -um "self" goodbye.

  • Shall we?
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    Let call this "God's shot over the bow".

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    The Leonids shower of 1833, Mormons thought it was a sign that the end was coming soon.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:58 a.m.

    I live in Mona and wondered until now what it was that happened. I saw the bright light, though it was headlights shining in our window and then there was a noise. Interesting.

  • TV
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:08 a.m.

    I was watching TV and saw a bright light out the window around midnight last night, I thought i was my imagination.

  • Jeremy
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:09 a.m.

    I saw this driving home from campus to Spanish Fork! It was a couple pulses of light then the whole sky lit up like daylight for a half second. It was amazing. I'm glad to know what it was.

  • MB
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:30 a.m.

    I was out for a run at about 9:30PM and saw what I thought was a pretty impressive meteor in the South. Mostly I was impressed because it was pretty hazy last night so I figured it had to have been a pretty good meteor for me to see it in the city. Guess I really missed the show however with this big monster rumbling overhead. Wish I could have seen that one!

  • Milt
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    It sure lit up Sanpete County. We were on the West Side Road and I thought our truck blew up. Just a huge fire ball. Cool.

  • Tyler
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:17 a.m.

    I saw the flare in Logan, crazy!

  • Alien Chaser
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    The Aliens are coming and will soon land their big mothership which is going to touch down somewhere in the Tooele desert. The light was the crash of one of their robotic probe ships. The millitary will always cover this up to conceal the truth!!

  • christina
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:27 a.m.

    I was at work in Evanston, Wy. I went outside for a sec to check out the meteor shower around midnight but wasn't expecting too much. Boy, was I wrong. It was amazing! Standing in the freezing cold was worth watching this spectacular fireball wizzing by. I just wish I could have heard it!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    I live in Las Vegas and saw it as I was heading to work. It looked like it was right on the other side of the mountain. I almost went off the road it was so bright, brighter then daylight.

  • sm
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:36 a.m.

    we were driving home from colorado. coming down I-80 and the sky was crystal clear! there were falling stars all over. it was awesome! then, right out our windshield, this star was getting way bright. it started to fall and grew this killer tail! i thought that was cool, but it turned green! made a HUGE flash and burned into this way bright orange and yellow! i have never seen anything like that!

  • northwest Arizona
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:38 a.m.

    We were driving home to Phoenix from Vegas. Though a bomb was dropped in Phoenix. Thank God it wasn't. We were super scared

  • Reality
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:43 a.m.

    Maybe it was an alien ship, crash landing in Tooele county? They could be among us now. I wonder what they look like?

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:05 p.m.

    I was driving home from work and i saw the whole sky light up, just like it was full daylight, it scared me nearly to death,had no idea what was happening till i woke up and heard it on the news today. Wow what a magnificent experience.

  • Phew
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:06 p.m.

    I thought somebody was shining a flashlight into my house last night. It freaked me out. Then I heard a sound a few minutes later and it really startled me. Not fun creeping around your house and garage to see if a prowler is in the house! My wife laughed this morning when she read this! Makes me feel a bit better.

  • CHAN
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:07 p.m.

    I was at home watching a movie when a bright flash came through my curtains and the only thing to shine that bright is the sun normally. It was to the south west I live in ogden utah.

  • Kenneth in Texas
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:12 p.m.

    I, of course, missed this fireball. But, it is a reminder how powerful the forces of nature are, and how violent the universe can be. If a "bowling ball" hitting the ground at 44 miles per second (I like that analogy better than the one in the article) can cause such a display, imagine what a really large boulder could do. Be grateful this thing did not come down in the middle of SLC, Ogden, or Provo.

  • Just a North Korean missle
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:14 p.m.

    actually it was just another North Korean ICBM test over America. No worrys, Obama is in charge!!

  • Anon
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:21 p.m.

    I was really tired and was plopping into bed when the meteor lit up my southern blinds and the whole room became bright.

    I thought I had an anyurism like in that movie "Phenomenon" as it looked the same. Lol. So glad it was simply a meteor.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:23 p.m.

    Me and my brother were driving home in the Vegas area, we watched the whole thing. It was bright white and turned a bright green, than the big blast of white light. We both were freaking out, we figured it had to be something. Thanks for the post!

  • Jesse James
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:29 p.m.

    Long haul truck drivers sitting in Little America, WY saw what they though was a metor or something like that that hit in/or around Ashely National Forest and the drivers (20 or more of them siting at the truck stop when we saw this happen) state that it was going in the direction of South by SouthEast. After leaving the truck stop hundreds of drivers were on the radio talking about this and they are said the same thing. I was at the truck stop and then continued my drive on I-80 west bound.

  • Check
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:30 p.m.

    Crazy how someone I know (who many many ppl think he's crazy) has been shown some "signs" that things like this are happening to him and among us, and then this happens. Very interesting. But It was cool to see the sky light up as it did.

  • Beebo
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    Authorities from Dugway Proving Grounds have confirmed that this was merely a "meteor". Do not be alarmed, just go about your lives as if nothing unusual has happened. I recommend caution however, "they" are now among us. You can tell by looking into their eyes.

  • Amazing
    Nov. 18, 2009 12:54 p.m.

    I was sitting up with my one year old, and I thought a police car had driven by shining a search light through my window. It was white and blue and then changed quickly to red/orange and was gone. It was so bright though and I wondered what it was. I soon found out after reading this article. That is a pretty big explosion.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 1:00 p.m.

    I have seen fireballs before, ones that where so close that you could see the actual fire behind them- like they were a firework...... They do not compare to the brightness of this thing. It lit up my blinds brighter than lightning. It was like there was a super bright lightning strike right outside my west facing window in bountiful. crazy.

  • ccpoul
    Nov. 18, 2009 1:37 p.m.

    I was driving north on I-15 in American Fork or so, with a group of friends headed to the desert to watch the meteor shower. The sky turned green suddenly, then got brighter and we all looked into the sky to our left and saw the fireball streaking down and breaking up. It was awesome! It only lasted a few seconds, and the fire went out before it reached the ground. It seemed so much closer than 100 miles away...

  • Are you sure?
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:04 p.m.

    Flash of light, big booming sound, in the direction of Dugway Proving Ground...\r\n\r\n... sure, and we are supposed to believe this was a \"meteor\" -- good cover story!

  • jr
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:17 p.m.

    We actually saw a bright flash of light here in Southern Colorado. Interesting to find out where it ended up and the area it actually covered. Cool!!

  • Austin
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:20 p.m.

    My friends and I were sitting in my hot tub in Highland when the entire sky lit up like day. It was the brightest most amazing thing I have ever seen! I enjoy astronomy a lot and seeing this was like a dream come true! I have read stories about seeing meteors like this, but this does not even compare. This was the most amazing astronomical thing I have ever seen. If you witnessed this meteor, consider yourself extremely lucky because you will probably never see one like this again.

  • Pagan
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:30 p.m.

    ...WE\'RE DOOMED! DOOMED! ALIENS! Ha ha ha!\r\n\r\n Just kidding! I just like the idea of aliens.\r\n\r\n Seriously, if aliens came to Earth this this \'flash\' of light would be about the amount of time it would take them to see how we treat each other and leave.\r\n\r\n Let\'s treat each other how we would like to be treated.

  • Naruto
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    I personally witnessed the flash of light, it was awesome and scary, I thought I was being abducted...Again!

  • Bountiful
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    I was just laying on my bed looking out the window to the South West when I saw what looked like a huge explosion towards the airport or Tooele. Suddenly my room filled with light as I saw the outdoors like at noonday. I was greatly surprised and woke up my wife to tell her then got on the TV and radio to see if a plane had exploded or a refinery in Woods Cross or if it had something to do with weapons disposal in Tooele. No such word before we fell asleep and found out the next morning.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 2:59 p.m.

    we
    saw the light outside the house ran outside and a few min after heard and felt the amazing sonic boom.really extraordinary.

  • Cam
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    I was outside my house and watched that meteor turn what seems like 3 different colors! It was awesome to watch and creepy... it looked like it turned green right before it went to a BRIGHT WHITE!

  • Jrk
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    I sent this out to news groups this morning to see what would arise:
    Last night, Nov 17 @ 11:08, I was driving home on Durango, headingnorth, passing Blue Diamond. The road was dark, with little to block ourview as the area was mostly undeveloped. Out of the corner of my eye, Isee something glinting towards the ground, falling from the sky. Myfriend said he had clearly seen its full decent. Before I could commentto my friend, we both saw a bright flash that enveloped the entirenorth, northeast perimeter of the valley. It was far too big to belightning. Now I am not implying anything as I don't know exactly whatthat was. All I know is:
    -There was something falling.
    -There was a huge flash.
    -Right after the flash I tried calling 107.9 & 107.5, neither wereavailable.
    -No less than 10 minutes later, I stopped by burger king to grab somefood and mentioned it to the window guy, he said the radio said it was atransformer explosion.
    -There is no mention of anything in the news about a transformerexplosion.
    --continued--

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    dang!! I missed out. Went to bed too early...

  • Jrk
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:21 p.m.

    --continuted--
    -And I ask myself, "Can an explosion of that size illuminate the ENTIRENortheastern half of the valley?"

    A response for vegas channel 5 news replied this after noon:
    We got several calls/emails on this last night. The light was also seen through much of Utah. It has been determined that is was a dramatically over-bright meteor that was part of the Leonid Meteor shower. I double-checked this morning with McCarran and Nellis - and nothing out of the ordinary happened at either of those places last night.

    Carolyn Kresser
    Assignment Manager
    KVVU FOX5 News
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Did anyone else notice that the light started from the ground and expanded through the sky?

  • Crash
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    Upon closer inspection it turned out to be the Republican Party's chance to stop bickering come crashing down...

  • newbie
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:23 p.m.

    I too saw it.
    I thought it was like a million lights being turned on. and then off.

  • Phew Too
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:31 p.m.

    Phew said: "I thought somebody was shining a flashlight into my house last night. It freaked me out."

    I thought it was a spotlight from the medical helicopter that often flies over our house. I have to admit it was spooky, because it wasn't like a lightning flash--it sort of moved around.

  • NAU Jacks
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    I agree with you Austin... nothing in my life time will i ever see anything again. I'm all the way in Arizona and I was able to see my skies light up here. Amazing!!!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:51 p.m.

    I was facing west parked in the eastern parking lot of the Spanish Fork Wal-mart and I saw a bright flash then I looked up over the building and saw this fire ball streaking downward. I was a little spooked by the flash but it was very cool to see.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 3:52 p.m.

    KABOOM!!!! THAT ROCKED MY WORLD!

  • Ozone Hole!
    Nov. 18, 2009 4:03 p.m.

    So does this mean the Ozone hole is bigger, I can only cutback so much on my carbon footprint!

  • anon
    Nov. 18, 2009 4:15 p.m.

    woweeeeeee!!! cool stuff. i'm in tooele and my back sliding window faces the west, everything was glowing like a noon day outside. and then a crazy long rumble. way glad i was up past my bedtime...

  • Keefin
    Nov. 18, 2009 4:29 p.m.

    I was driving home from work in Lehi Utah and then the whole sky lit up and it looked like it was day time, At first I thought that it was lightning but there was no way. The next morning in college my science teacher mentioned what it was. It freaked me out but now i think that its awsome.

  • Katt
    Nov. 18, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    I thought a cop turned on a spotlight to search my car and blind me...I had just pulled up to my house and was gathering my things to get out. Then I saw it was actually in the sky. I've seen hundreds of shooting stars but nothing like this.

  • walt
    Nov. 18, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    Saw it from Grand Junction, CO. It was the largest meteor event I've ever seen. It went from a brilliant blue-green to an intense yellow-orange before disappearing over the horizon. It was truly amazing.

  • Lisa
    Nov. 18, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    I'm live in Grand Junction, CO, too. I was washing my face, getting ready, for bed, when I saw a flash out the bathroom window. I thought it was lightning, but the skies were clear. So I figured it was a transformer that blew. I am so glad that I was able to witness it!

  • Mrs Spumoni
    Nov. 18, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Got off work at midnight and was walking home when I saw the splash of light in the sky....I'm in northwest Wyoming. Told myself it must be Northern Lights, but didn't really believe myself... Glad to get the rest of the story!

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    Bright lights
    high above my head
    Filling my room with light
    Brighter that day light

    only in Utah

  • Katrina
    Nov. 18, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    I live in Evanston, WY and my entire bedroom lit up like someone put a spotlight in my window! It was crazy it scared me so much I didn't dare get out of bed to see what it was. It is pretty amazing though, something not many people get to experience.

  • weewaa
    Nov. 18, 2009 7:50 p.m.

    i was home in downtown Salt Lake City when the light appeared. there were two bursts but no sound.
    however, i felt a strange energy pass through me and raised the hair on my neck. i thought, the chemical storage in Tooele exploded, but the lack of sound made me think it may have been a meteor.
    NO radio or tv station that i can find mentioned it for the next few hours! SHAME on you newspeople!!!!!!

  • Interesting
    Nov. 18, 2009 8:05 p.m.

    My English teacher saw the meteor and said it lite up the whole sky of Star Valley, Wyoming.

  • Susan in Denver
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:06 p.m.

    I was sitting at a stop light in Denver at 12:10am on my way home from work. The most amazing site I have ever seen in the night sky come down over the western skies. Very large (looked as if it was seperating into two pieces with one very long very beautiful blue,green tail. A guy in the car next to me rolled down his window and we sat and talked about what we had just seen through the red light and the green light and part of the next red light. Very, very cool.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    This was the neatest thing I have ever seen! I am very happy to have been lucky enough to have seen it.

  • Karen
    Nov. 18, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    I live in Ferron Ut. I was watching TV when just after midnight it was like a car had parked right in front of my patio door and turned the headlights on bright. The blinds were drawn, but it was sooo bright it scared me. There was a noise for a brief moment afterwards, but not like an explosion, more like a truck engine I'm glad to finally find out what it was.

  • Courtney in Denver
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    I saw this driving home from work at about 12:10 on E-470 in Highlands Ranch. I saw what looked like the largest falling star I had ever seen, but it was green and pink and orange. Then the entire western sky lit up bright green. I was in a very well-lit area, so I can only imagine how brilliant it must have been if viewed from a darker area. Absolutely one of the most amazing things I've ever seen.

  • It woke me up
    Nov. 18, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    I can't believe it woke me up fast enough for me to see the night turn to day in an instant. I thought it was a dream until I heard the media. I have heard of people being abducted by aliens, taken to their planet where they were worshiped, but I can say this was for real; I saw it.

  • Dominik
    Nov. 18, 2009 11:37 p.m.

    I was on my way home at around 11:10pm in los angeles I saw the whole sky light up in a flash. It flashed twice, light up the whole sky and seemed almost like a sudden burst of daylight. I didn't see any meteor trail, or any sign of what had caused it. The flash came from the north east and was extremely bright.

  • Anonymous
    Nov. 19, 2009 12:50 a.m.

    I saw the flash in Escondido, Ca.

  • luckyus!
    Nov. 19, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I was outside looking at the stars in Moab, right in my driveway. It was the brightest light I've ever seen, except for the sun. I'm glad to hear from the folks who actually saw the fireball break up, that must have been awesome. I've seen fireballs before, but last night I only saw the flash. I saw no flashes when I saw fireball meteors in the past, this flash was unlike anything I have ever seen before. Huge and intense.

  • jimp
    Nov. 19, 2009 3:33 a.m.

    I thought the smoke rings in the early morning sunrise were just as awesome....looked as if jet planes had been circling and playing dodge'm....

  • Darren
    Nov. 19, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    I just arrived into Denver IntL Airport and was driving west in the rental car when I saw the meteor fall. This was much bigger than a person's head. It was more like the size of a car. It fell with a beautiful comet like streak of blue, yellow and red. It exploded behind the mountain range. I estimate between CO and Utah. The time was 11:50pm to be exact.

  • Sonoran Desert Girl
    Nov. 19, 2009 9:04 a.m.

    Wow! My daughter and I were coming home from the hospital (west of Phoenix) just after midnight when we both saw this big flash of light come from the West. It happened so quickly we thought our eyes were playing tricks on us! Since we are close to an airforce base naturally we thought one of the planes had gone down. Glad the hear it wasn't that! It was creepy to see and not know what it was at the time.

  • HB
    Nov. 19, 2009 9:07 a.m.

    I was just leaving work when all of a sudden the sky lit up I turned around just in time to see the huge stripe of orange and yellow fire in the sky. It was very cool and unsettling at the same time. I was pretty sure it was a meteor but couldn't be sure being as I'd never seen one before

  • Naruto
    Nov. 19, 2009 9:14 a.m.

    Who said nothing good ever happens after midnight?

  • So Cal Mom
    Nov. 19, 2009 9:24 a.m.

    I live 40 miles north of L.A. My huband and I were outside around 11 pm and all of a sudden the entire sky lit up like daytime. I'm in L.A!! Cool

  • Exodus13:21
    Nov. 19, 2009 10:48 a.m.

    The Mayans were inspired!

  • Carl
    Nov. 19, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    It could be an ultra secret hypersonic spyplane. There was a report that they have moved development to Mitchell air base from area 51 in southern Nevada.

  • LIVING WAY TO CLOSE TO DUGWAY!
    Nov. 19, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    Coming from someone who KNOWS BETTER than to believe ANYTHING our government tells us. Because that was NO meteor !!! we would have heard and seen this same situation many times over the years don't you think? why was this meteor so different? WHY ? A 3 FLASH BOOM OF INTENSE LIGHT AND THEN A MASSIVE EXPLOSION ONCE IT HIT? I have NEVER had an experience like this involving a meteor...

    Just some food for thought.....

  • I think...
    Nov. 19, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    ...that was some of my hard earned tax money.

  • cm
    Nov. 20, 2009 5:34 p.m.

    I was faced north on Loose at the 215 exchange. I could not have had a better view. It was bright white with a long tail. That changed into a greenish hue with orange at the same time. Disbeliefe was the main feeling I had. Continuing to watch this falling object it became brighter until it fell behind the mountains due west of north las vegas, how far north I could not be certain. What i am certain of, is how it lite of the mountains like the sun was rising behind them in a briliant greenish white flash...and then nothing. I heard no sound or felt any vibration.

  • Don B
    Nov. 22, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    I saw the flash at 11:07 PST from I-40 in California. I was 15 to 20 miles east of Ludlow, CA and the flash was to the N-NE. It was bright enough that I thought a major explosion had occured in Vegas or that directions. The sky in that direction was like daylight. The others in my vehicle were asleep.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 10, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    I saw it last night around 1:30 jan 10 2010 I was in northern nv heading south turned daylight I don't know if the strange energy I felt was from thing or being in shock for a second. Govt expermenting or sign earth getting ready to change I'm 75 25 right now on govt.

  • Anonymous
    Jan. 11, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    I was walking my boyfriend up to his car when the whole sky lit up blue. It looked like it was noon again. I looked up and saw a huge line across the sky. I turned to my boyfriend to make sure i wasn't seeing things and he saw it too. I am pretty sure it was a meteor but no records have been shown to prove what i saw. It was amazing.