RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Did you hear it? It's a topic that viewers are still flooding News 4 phone lines about Sunday afternoon, that loud noise around eight this morning. People from Winnamucca all the way over to Bakersfield, California heard it.
It was the topic of conversation at Reno’s earth day celebration. People were looking for answers at event. UNR Planetarium leader Dan Ruby is pretty sure he has an answer, it was a meteorite. Ruby says, “(it) seems to fit all the evidence we've got. They saw a big fireball, they heard a big sonic boom. We don't have any seismic data.” Ruby added, “It probably was just a big chunk of rock, and by big I mean maybe the size of a washing machine. Meteorites are safe most of the time, and pretty common.”
There was a meteor shower that peaked last night over our area, but the expert says this was probably not a piece of that shower. Showers are made up of the dust from a comet’s tail, which is much smaller than something that could cause a boom. A few similar meteorites are at the Planetarium’s exhibition gallery if you would like to see one.
The people at earth day celebration were happy for a rock-solid answer to knowing what caused the big boom this morning.