Indiana residents report 2nd fireball in sky this week

Image of a possible meteor in central Indiana on Jan. 17, 2018. (Provided Photo/Bryan Bunton)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A few reports came into a national meteor society’s webpage and the WISH-TV newsroom Friday night of another fireball over Indiana, the second this week.

Late on Wednesday, a flash of light was reported in the Hoosier night sky, according to social media posts from Marion, Indiana, to Bedford and many communities in between.

On Friday night, Frank Brown, 58, of Indianapolis was delivering pizzas between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. when he saw the flash on the city’s east side. He was on driving on German Church Road between Washington and Prospect streets.

“It had to be something fairly rouge,” Brown said. “It was like a quick blaze trail. I can’t explain it. It seemed to be holding together, and it was going from north to south.”

And it was over in a couple of seconds, he said.

Others in Indiana saw it, too. The American Meteor Society’s webpage had sightings over Indiana recorded from 6:15 to 6:31 p.m. Friday in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Richmond. Reporters of the flash on the website said it lasted from 3 to 7 seconds.

Tristan Burns said he saw Friday night’s fireball, but the one he saw changed colors. The 19-year-old who lives on the city’s south side was driving along Emerson Avenue toward County Line Road between 7 and 8 p.m.

“While pulling up to the stoplight, my girlfriend and I observed what would be a very quick but very visible streak through the sky,” he said in a message to 24-Hour News 8’s Report It. “The streak seemed to be white in color but faintly turned blue as it faded into the distance.”

On Tuesday, social media lit up with video of what NASA later determined was a meteoroid entering Earth’s atmosphere about 8:08 p.m. over suburban Detroit.