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Meteor blazes Midwestern sky; amazes sky gazers

In what can be termed as an astronomical phenomenon, which bewildered the people in the region, a large meteor blazed the Midwestern sky Wednesday night.

Large meteor lights up Midwest night sky

Lancaster, Wis. -- A large meteor streaked over the U.S. Midwest Wednesday, briefly lighting up the night sky and unleashing a sonic boom heard for hundreds of miles.

No injuries or damage were reported, but the ground, trees, homes and various objects, including wind chimes, shook from the boom's enormous amounts of sound energy, the National Weather Service said.

The meteoroid, estimated at 6 feet in diameter and weighing at least 1,000 pounds, entered the Earth's atmosphere around 10:10 p.m. Central Daylight Time and was visible in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri as a giant fireball flying eastward at an altitude of 6,000 to 12,000 feet, the National Weather Service reported.

Search for meteor in Arizona

Sedona, Ariz. -- Authorities in Arizona said there has been no sign that a large meteor reported in the skies near Sedona made impact with the ground.

A spokesman for the Pinewood Fire Department in Munds Hill, near Sedona, said a crew drove up and down Interstate 17 but could find no evidence of the fireball that witnesses said lit up the sky Saturday night, the Arizona Daily Sun, Flagstaff, Ariz., reported Monday.

Karen Malis-Clark, public information officer for the Coconino National Forest, told the Arizona Republic that officials believe the meteor was destroyed before it landed.

"For some people in Arizona it might've looked like it landed but it didn't," she said.

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