Sunday, April 22, 2012

Large Boom, Possibly from Exploding Meteor, Heard in Nevada/California

UPDATE: NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tells News Channel 4 in Reno, Nevada, they have received reports of a meteor strike near the Kingsbury Grade area but there is no confirmation at this point.

A loud boom accompanied with shaking ground was heard Sunday morning around 8:00AM local time across a significant region of Northern Nevada and the Sierra mountain range.

A large number of witnesses in the Sierra around El Dorado County, Nevada, have reported they saw what they believed to be a bright meteor streaking across the sky just before the explosion was heard.

There have been reports of seeing something in the air or hearing a boom from many parts of the Reno-Sparks metro area, also the Sierra, the Tonopah area and the Winnemucca areas of the state. Emergency services began to field calls from concerned citizens almost immediately after the explosion was heard and felt.

The explosion, if discovered to be from a meteor impacting the Earth's atmosphere, follows a lengthy series of similar sightings and loud sounds heard from suspected meteor's in recent weeks. A large meteor was observed exploding above the skies of New Zealand only two weeks ago, which prompted calls to television stations and emergency services as well. Video of a suspected meteor blazing across the skies of Brazil hit the Internet only yesterday.

Experts believe the meteor may have been part of the yearly Lyrid meteor show, which is thought to be the remnants of exploded Comet Thatcher. The meteor shower was expected to peak in the overnight hours this evening.


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