Did you see a slow-moving fireball in the Chicago sky Monday night?
You’re not the only one.
The American Meteor Society received 333 reports of a fireball spotted yesterday over Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Fox 32 News reported, “Scientists believe the object crashed somewhere in West Virginia.”
Here in Chicago, Steve Sobel captured the ball of light on video at about 6:25 p.m. as it streamed over the city.
It was falling too slowly to be a firework, Sobel commented on YouTube. Maybe it was a meteor or a piece of space junk, he suggested.
It turns out, that “meteor” was a stunt by the Red Bull Air Force, Red Bull Chicago tweeted Tuesday.
The Red Bull Air Force – Jon Devore, Mike Swanson and Sean MacCormac – “jumped into high wings, sprang flares and landed safely” at Castaways on the Lake Michigan shoreline, according to a spokesperson for Red Bull Chicago. The jump was part of an event to build excitement for Red Bull’s Art of Can exhibit coming Friday to Millennium Park.
Here are some more views from Red Bull: