CHICAGO — A meteor lit up the skies over the Midwest early Monday, a huge ball of flame seen from Illinois and at least three other states, meteorologists said.

“It was basically visible for a long distance,” said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Chicago office. “It was certainly an interesting event, uncommon for the area.”

Dashboard videos from suburban police, shared with the weather service, show a bright blue-green fireball streaking across the sky around 1:30 a.m.

The American Meteor Society, which monitors meteor showers, said it had received more than 185 reports of sightings as of 7 a.m.

“The fireball was seen primarily from Illinois and Wisconsin, but witnesses from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, New York, Kentucky, Minnesota and Ontario (Canada) also reported the event,” the society said on its website.

From witness reports, the society estimated the trajectory from the southwest to northeast. The meteor “ended its flight on Lake Michigan somewhere between Sheboygan and Manitowoc” in Wisconsin, it said.

Weather service offices in Wisconsin got reports of sonic booms.

Meteorologist Jeff Last of the weather service’s office in Green Bay said the meteor was accompanied by a sonic boom that shook houses in the region.

Last said radar showed the meteor passing over Lake Michigan, but he said it’s not clear if it landed in the water or if it broke up in the sky.

Lisle police Patrolman Jim Dexter was on patrol near Interstate 88 when he saw “a giant green-lighted orb” in the sky. He described it as “a firework, only backward,” meaning it was brightest when he initially saw it and then decreased in intensity.

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