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April 17, 2008
KOKOMO, Ind. -- Reports of lights in the sky, crashes and vibrations on the ground befuddled residents and authorities in portions of Tipton and Howard counties late Wednesday night.
Just before 11 p.m., calls began pouring into 6News and police agencies reported bright lights streaking in the sky.
Callers were concerned the object might have been a plane crashing, a meteorite, or some unidentified object.
Many said the light display was followed by an explosion -- a boom that shook their homes. A slight metallic smell was reported in Kokomo shortly after the incident.
Indiana State Police and local sheriff's departments dispatched at least 50 emergency responders to the scene.
Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, which is to say of middling brightness. But some are more intense, even brighter than Venus. These "Lyrid fireballs" cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes.
The same situation occurred approximately the same time Tuesday night in Logansport and northern Cass County, according to the Logansport Pharos-Tribune.