Fireballs and Explosions in the California Sky

Across Nevada and California Sunday morning, countless worried citizens flooded calls into police stations in light of daylight fireballs and sounds of explosions. “A loud explosion and a streak of light occurred over roughly a 600-mile line across Nevada and California. It was probably a meteor, say astronomers.” Some even believed it to be an earthquake. “It made the shades in my room shake hard enough to slam into the window a couple times,” said Nicole Carlsen of the Reno area. “I kept looking for earthquake information, but (there was) nothing. I even checked the front of my house to make sure no one ran into the garage. I wish I had seen the meteor.” No damages or injuries have reported, as of yet. “From the reports, I have no doubt it was a fireball,” said Robert Lunsford of the Geneseo, N.Y.-based American Meteor Society. “It happens all the time, but most are in daytime and are missed. This one was extraordinarily bright in the daylight.” Fireballs can be seen as far as 50 miles above Earth, but with the loud booming noise, it is suspected that it broke apart at only 5 miles above Earth.

This black and white photo from a rooftop webcam released Thursday, April 15, 2010, by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences shows a fireball as it passed over Madison, Wis. Scientists say it’s likely a similar meteor flew over parts of northern California and Nevada Sunday morning.

(AP Photo/University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)

For more information on this story, go to: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0423/Mysterious-explosion-and-daylight-fireball-in-Nevada-California-skies

 

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