Extremely Bright Flash Overnight Likely Caused By Meteor

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, Nevada (KOLOTV.com) -- People in northern Nevada got quite an eyeful late Tuesday night as an intense flash lit-up the sky for 2 to 3 seconds around 11:07 p.m. Pacific Time.

The KOLO 8 News Now staff fielded numerous calls just after the flash. We've also received a few e-mails.

It appears that the bright flash was an exploding meteor that could be seen in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada. Space Weather says the meteor exploded with a force equivalent to 1/2 - 1 kilotons of TNT. Space Weather also says that this meteor does not appear to be associated with the Leonids.

The Earth is currently passing through the Leonids, an annual meteor shower. Link to a related story.

Reports from Salt Lake say that the meteor was so bright, it turned off some light sensitve street lamps.

The Spectrum, which is a newspaper in southern Utah & owned by the same company as the Reno Gazette-Journal, reports that many people in that state also saw an extremely bright flash around the same time.

One local woman who sent an e-mail to the KOLO newsroom wrote:
"I live in Dayton ... When I was coming home I saw in the sky something that looked like a shooting star. But as it got closer to land it got bigger and brighter. It [had] a bluish/greenish trail behind it. But when it hit land it lit up the whole sky." [edited for grammar]

We would like to know what YOU saw. Please let us know what you were doing at the time, what you thought the flash might've been, and any other interesting details. Leave us a comment just below.

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