UFO? Fireball seen in Minnesota sky for 'about 3 minutes'

The mysterious fireball was seen before the sun went down Monday evening.
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A mysterious fireball was seen in the sky above the Twin Cities Monday evening. 

"We saw it at exactly 8:16 p.m. while sitting in our north-facing apartment in New Hope, and it only lasted in our view for about 3 minutes," Aaron VanDanacker told Bring Me The News. "My partner, Carlye Felton, spotted it first and said, 'oh my gosh, that looks terrifying.'" 

VanDanacker said a friend of his also saw the fireball from Maple Grove. Another Minnesota resident tweeted several images of it.

"It looked like a giant asteroid or comet because it had a long, wide fiery tail, that also got shorter and shorter as the comet-looking fireball left our sight," VanDanacker said.

What was it? If there is an answer, it has yet to be confirmed. 

"It doesn't look like a plane to me," said Patrick Hogan, director of communications with the Metropolitan Airports Commission. 

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"It was cool to watch, but we sat speculating whether it was a comet, a plane that had caught fire, or even a nuclear bomb," said VanDanacker, whose Google search led to a July 2018 night of hysteria when hundreds of people in Minnesota and the Midwest spotted a fireball that turned out to be a meteor

"It definitely was cool to watch, but scary to witness as we wondered what would happen if it crashed into earth," VanDanacker added. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to the National Weather Service to see if it has any idea what the object could've been. 

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