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'Fireball' over Iowa lights up evening sky

(International Business Times) Iowans were treated to something spectacular Thursday night when a large streak of light shot across the sky above Des Moines. Hundreds of reports came rushing in to the American Meteor Society after the bright light caught the attention of several eyewitnesses.

According to the Des Moines Register, observers began posting about the fireball over Iowa to social media around 5:40 p.m. Thursday. People in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee also reported seeing a fireball in the sky.

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“We’re looking at the reports,” Kurt Kotenberg, of the National Weather Service, told KSDK. “The interesting thing’s about it, Venus was visible in the sky just after sunset.”