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VW-Sized Meteorite Explodes Over Region

The midnight sky flashed an eerie blue as a meteorite exploded in the atmosphere, sending rocks as big as softballs crashing through some houses.

Residents in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin reported seeing the disintegrating meteorite flash across the sky.

Paul Sipiera, a professor of geology and astronomy at Harper College in Palatine, Ill., said the pieces came from a stony meteorite that was about the size of a Volkswagen Bug.


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