(CNN) — It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… meteor that streaked across the Indiana night sky.
Residents of Hamilton County, Indiana got an out-of-this-world opportunity to witness a meteor on Friday night.
Residents reported what they thought might have been an explosion due to the loud sound and flashing lights, according to a tweet of Hamilton County Emergency Management.
The agency’s “current theory” is that the sound and light were caused by the sonic boom of a meteorite.
Pilots in Kentucky spotted a meteor to the north, and a lightning detection center picked up signals over Carroll County, Hamilton County Emergency Management reported.
Videos taken by residents and posted by CNN affiliate WTHR show a bright light streaking across the sky. Several videos also captured the rumbling sound caused by the meteor.
Hamilton County Emergency Management thanked to the National Weather Service and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for helping them “quickly figure out what happened.”
A meteor is a piece of space rock that enters Earth’s atmosphere, according to NASA. The bright streak with the appearance of a “shooting star” is actually the extremely hot air produced by the meteor. Rocks generally burn up in Earth’s atmosphere before reaching the ground.
Indiana’s flashing lights fell during the Lyrids, one of the oldest meteor showers on record. The meteor shower is expected to be more frequent Saturday night through the early hours of Sunday morning.
Hamilton County is located in central Indiana.