Believed by many to be a meteor, the shiny display was seen streaking across the open sky about 5.30pm regional time Thursday night.
The bright object was captured on security footage in the city of North Liberty, northwest of Iowa City.
The video posted on YouTube says the footage is “from the city of North Liberty Streets Department”.
Local residents took to Twitter after seeing the fireball.
Locals took to Twitter and Facebook to describe the flash, which was also seen in parts of Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The fireball was captured on security footage in the city of North Liberty, Iowa. Source: Supplied
The American Meteor Society – a not-for-profit organisation which collects information on possible meteor sightings – said about 460 people had reported seeing the fireball near the border of Iowa and Minnesota.
“Witnessed (sic) described a fireball as bright as the Sun that fragmented into many parts,” the website said.
“Several witnesses reported sonic effects associated with the meteors including at least three reports of delayed booms.”
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