Goodness, gracious, great ball of fire!

Did any of you see this thing?

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.

Video from WISN showed a massive ball of light exploding across the sky. The Doppler Radar from the Quad Cities weather service appeared to capture a portion of the smoke trail from the fireball at just after 10 p.m., the NWS said. It appears as a thin line extending across portions of Grant and Iowa Counties in Wisconsin.

There has been no official determination as to what caused the fireball, the NWS in Sullivan said.

However, it said there is a meteor shower called Gamma Virginids that occurs from April 4 to April 21, with peak activity expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

“A large meteorite could have caused the brilliant fireball that has been reported,” the National Weather Service said.

via Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky – CNN.com.

UPDATE: If your browser isn’t showing it, click “comments” and you can see a video of the fireball.

And what about that volcano in Iceland that has paralyzed global air traffic? Contrary to popular assumption, we haven’t tamed nature yet.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Dan Kempin

    Too bad Mulder and Scully are retired.

  • Dan Kempin

    Too bad Mulder and Scully are retired.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Yes, definitely sounds like an X-file! :0

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Yes, definitely sounds like an X-file! :0

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    It just goes to show that… GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL!!!

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    It just goes to show that… GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL!!!

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It just goes to show you that … people who don’t believe in global warming will latch on to any non-scientific explanation they can to justify their beliefs!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It just goes to show you that … people who don’t believe in global warming will latch on to any non-scientific explanation they can to justify their beliefs!

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Whoaaa…tODD….deep…very deep.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Whoaaa…tODD….deep…very deep.

  • T Sherm

    My wife and I actually did see this! We were driving back to our home in Bethalto, IL from a pre-vicarage meeting at the Seminary. We saw a light coming from East to West, but because there is a regional airport nearby, assumed it was a small plane.

    That is until it looked like it was engulfed in flames and had a comet-like tail stretching back behind, and then a second later disappeared completely. Trying not to wake our nine-month old in the back seat, we wondered aloud what it was that we had just seen.

  • T Sherm

    My wife and I actually did see this! We were driving back to our home in Bethalto, IL from a pre-vicarage meeting at the Seminary. We saw a light coming from East to West, but because there is a regional airport nearby, assumed it was a small plane.

    That is until it looked like it was engulfed in flames and had a comet-like tail stretching back behind, and then a second later disappeared completely. Trying not to wake our nine-month old in the back seat, we wondered aloud what it was that we had just seen.

  • Carl Vehse

    Somewhere else an extraterrestrial peer review board will be releasing a report that states:

    “After months of travelling through space, the expensive satellite crammed with state-of-the-art electronics, was lost because one engineering team used a different set of units than another team for a key spacecraft navigational operation. The navigation mishap pushed the spacecraft dangerously close to the planet’s atmosphere where it presumably burned and broke into pieces, killing the mission on a day when engineers had expected to celebrate the craft’s entry into the planet’s orbit. The lost spacecraft was designed to help our scientists understand the planet’s water history and the potential for life on that planet.”

    Nyaaaaaa…. that’s too far-fetched.

  • Carl Vehse

    Somewhere else an extraterrestrial peer review board will be releasing a report that states:

    “After months of travelling through space, the expensive satellite crammed with state-of-the-art electronics, was lost because one engineering team used a different set of units than another team for a key spacecraft navigational operation. The navigation mishap pushed the spacecraft dangerously close to the planet’s atmosphere where it presumably burned and broke into pieces, killing the mission on a day when engineers had expected to celebrate the craft’s entry into the planet’s orbit. The lost spacecraft was designed to help our scientists understand the planet’s water history and the potential for life on that planet.”

    Nyaaaaaa…. that’s too far-fetched.

  • Booklover

    I sing the mighty power of God That made the mountains rise,
    That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.
    I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day;
    The moon shines full at His command And all the stars obey.

    I sing the goodness of the Lord That filled the earth with food;
    He formed the creatures with His word And then pronounced them good.
    Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed Where’er I turn my eye:
    If I survey the ground I tread Or gaze upon the sky!

    There’s not a plant or flow’r below But makes Thy glories known;
    And clouds arise and tempests blow By order from Thy throne;
    While all that borrows life from Thee Is ever in Thy care,
    And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.

    ~~Isaac Watts, altered

  • Booklover

    I sing the mighty power of God That made the mountains rise,
    That spread the flowing seas abroad, And built the lofty skies.
    I sing the wisdom that ordained The sun to rule the day;
    The moon shines full at His command And all the stars obey.

    I sing the goodness of the Lord That filled the earth with food;
    He formed the creatures with His word And then pronounced them good.
    Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed Where’er I turn my eye:
    If I survey the ground I tread Or gaze upon the sky!

    There’s not a plant or flow’r below But makes Thy glories known;
    And clouds arise and tempests blow By order from Thy throne;
    While all that borrows life from Thee Is ever in Thy care,
    And everywhere that man can be, Thou, God, art present there.

    ~~Isaac Watts, altered

  • unkown

    wake up people look at it was the size of the sun somethings up?

  • unkown

    wake up people look at it was the size of the sun somethings up?

  • unkown

    why is no one talking about it

  • unkown

    why is no one talking about it


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