Red Bull Air Force Skydivers Mistaken for Meteor

Amazing POV reveals reported 'fireballs in the sky' over Chicago were actually Red Bull skydivers.
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By Scott Hart

Did you see the meteor over Chicago last night? We hope so, but a meteor it was not.

Last night, at approximately 6:25 p.m., Red Bull Air Force skydivers Jon DeVore, Mike Swanson, and Sean MacCormac jumped into high wings and sprang flares – while pyrotechnics fired in the trail of the descending wingsuit flyers – before landing safely onto the Lake Michigan shoreline. The jump was actually part of the kick-off celebration of the Red Bull Art of Can event in Chicago this week.

Watch the video above to go along for the ride that illuminated Chicago's night sky, and lit-up social media, to see the unidentified flying objects were not a "meteor," "piece of space junk," or a "comet," as local new media originally reported.

Starting Friday, November 7, join us in Millennium Park to celebrate artists from around the country, plus ten local favorites, at the Red Bull Art of Can event that is free and open to the public.

Red Bull Art of Can, Chicago

Dates: November 7-16, 2014
Millennium Park – Chase Promenade South
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Red Bull Art of Can is a nationwide hunt for creativity where artists are asked to conceptualize and create pieces of art using only Red Bull cans as their primary material. After viewing hundreds of submissions our panel of six judges have selected thirty to be placed on display in a premium art exhibition in downtown Chicago.

Come visit the free, open to the public gallery, view the submissions, mingle with fellow art lovers, and place your vote for the “People’s Choice Award.”

Join the Red Bull #ArtOfCan conversation on Twitter and follow @redbullCHI on Instagram.

Want to learn more about the world's premier skydive team who performed this jump? Visit the official 'Miles Above' series page to go behind-the-scenes and get up close and personal with the members of the Red Bull Air Force.

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