Venus was in inferior conjuction

According to the New York Sun and the New York Herald, on April 2, 11, 16 and 18, 1897, a mysterious light, like a powerful searchlight, was seen in the sky of Kansas City, Chicago, Evanston, Benton (TX) and finally in Sisterville, W. Va. The object associated with the light was variously reported as “shaped like a Mexican cigar… with great wings,” “two cigar-shaped objects with great wings,” and a “cigar-shaped, silken bag.” Brilliant red, white and green lights were seen below it. Prof. George Hough maintained that “the object seen is Alpha Orionis.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p.468-471 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Sound and shock were violent

In Michigan, Nov. 27, 1919, a violent shock was felt, similar to one on Sept. 27 of the same year in Reading, England. People rushed from their homes, the New York Times reported the next day, thinking there had been an earthquake. At the same time, in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, a “‘blinding glare’ was seen in the sky.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p523 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Only by coincidence

Ponton’s Earthquakes, p. 118, describes an earthquake in Illinois preceded by “‘a luminous appearance, described by some as a meteor and by others as vivid flashes of lightning’” on October 8, 1857. Although felt in Illinois, the center of the event was in St. Louis, Missouri. Something “exploded terrifically in the sky,…and shook the ground ‘severely’ or ‘violently,’ at 4:20 a.m., Oct. 8, 1857.” Timbs’ Year Book of Facts, 1858-271, says that “'a blinding meteoric ball from the heavens’” was seen. The St. Louis Intelligencer of that date also describes the “large and brilliant” meteor. The New York Times reported that it sounded “'like thunder or the roar of artillery.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p406 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).