The night sky briefly lit up in Michigan on Tuesday night, with a bright flash of light and a loud noise that startled residents.

The flash and boom was "NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor," tweeted the National Weather Service (NWS) for Detroit.

The meteor lit up the southeast Michigan skies and caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake 40 miles from Detroit, according to the NWS.

The earthquake was centered about five miles west-southwest of New Haven and the NWS said the meteor occurred about 8:10 p.m.

The massive flash of light was captured on people's cameras attached to their homes and cars, which was then posted on social media.

Chelsea Means captured the moment on her security cameras. Although she didn't see the light, she told CNN she heard a "loud thunder, rumble noise."

"It shook my house," she said. "At first, it sounded like someone hitting my house."

The Ingham County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management received several 911 calls and tweeted: "There is no need to call 911. All indications are that it was just a natural meteor fireball."

It also stated no fires had been reported as a result of the meteor.

In Allen Park, one camera captured the bright streak going across the sky and then fading out.

Mike Austin captured the meteor on his dash cam while driving on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills.

Data released from the American Meteor Society shows the trajectory and likely "impact" point of the meteor. Experts said the meteor likely broke up in midair, causing the explosion sound, but small chunks of meteorites could have fallen in the marked area.

"Saw the orange flash and then the two white flashes of light wondering what the heck that was," said Debbie Beardslee, resident.

Researchers said the meteor was moving at 28,000 miles per hour when it exploded 20 miles above the state.

"It was pretty interesting. I thought maybe at first it was thundersnow, but that wasn't the case," Beardslee said.

A local astronomer said Tuesday's event is a reminder we are not alone.

"It really opens our eyes to the fact that there is a lot of stuff out there in space," said Mike Murray, astronomer and manager at the Delta College Planetarium.

Murray said the meteor was too small to have any real impact on earth.

"If it would've come through a house, yeah it probably would've made a nice hold in your roof. But it wouldn't have exploded or anything like that like they sometimes show in the Hollywood movies," Murray said.

He said these types of meteors happen a few times a year across the planet.

"For one particular location like Michigan it's going to be several years before you see something like that happen again," Murray said.

Apparently, the meteor has already gained some popularity. It now has it's own Twitter page!

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