A few decades ago the Third World War destroyed Earth. Space infrastructure was considered a priority target by both sides. Orbital space was in the years before the war was filled with skyhooks, power satellites, zero-gee factories, several habitats, shipyards, and so on. The mass of the entire infrastructure within 1000 km above the surface was about 10^10 kg. The timeframe I'm interested in is the first few decades after things went down. I guess the whole thing would get worse over time as more collisions happen.
Since both sides feared that a single surviving enemy space station might be able to purge the remnants of their respective faction using its launch assist system (laser arrays, tethers, electromagnetic launchers), they pursued a policy of ensuring absolute overkill against any space structure. As further-out debris won't be visible from Earth, they are irrelevant for the purpose of this question. Concerning debris sizes, the largest ones will be a few dozen meters long. I suspect that a graph depicting the relationship between the number and size of debris will show a long tail distribution.
So what effects will this have, especially visual ones? (Spacetravel is kinda low on everyone's priority list.) I imagine that shooting stars would be the new normal and that especially the night sky would be filled with bright and fast-moving debris. Would the night sky become milky due to the high number of small particles? Additionally, the infrastructure would mostly have existed around the equatorial plane, so how would an observer's position on the planet change what they see?