Earthquake-causing meteor leaves southeast Michigan residents awestruck

Residents near Michigan shared video of the dazzling display on social media.

— -- Boom!

Residents of southeast Michigan were left a bit shaken Tuesday night after a big bright flash lit up the sky and the ground beneath them shook.

A flying saucer? No. A shooting star? Not quite.

Initially though, as curious residents took to social media in droves to share videos of the dazzling display, the National Weather Service said it wasn't so sure what these star-gazers saw.

"After reviewing several observational datasets, the NWS can confirm the flash and boom was NOT thunder or lightning, but instead a likely meteor. We continue to monitor feeds from astronomical agencies for official confirmation of a meteor," read a tweet posted nearly two hours before the NWS confirmed it was a meteor.

The American Meteor Society's report map illustrated that the meteor was visible in six states and in Canada.

The sparkling display sent social media users into a frenzy, making "#meteor" a top 5 trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter. One Twitter user captured the entire display in a 10-second dashcam video.

ABC News' Darren Reynolds and Brendan Rand contributed to this report.