Boom heard around Northern Nevada & Sierra; likely from meteor

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Updated: 4/22/2012 6:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Astronomers say a loud explosion heard across a large swath of Nevada and California on Sunday morning was likely caused by a meteor.

The explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield areas in California.

Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere over the Sierra southwest of Reno.

There were no reports of earthquakes at the time.



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

NBC Bay Area is reporting the Tuolumne County sheriff's department, about 90-miles east of Stockton, is investigating the possibility that there may have been the physical impact from an overnight meteor shower.


UPDATE: There have been reports of people 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 area.

The boom, if it was from a meteor or meteors, may have been from a sonic boom and not the result of strike.  Some people had reported to News 4 and other media of a possible local impact.

News 4 has reached-out to a number of local law enforcement agencies, state agencies and federal agencies looking for exact answers on what happened this morning. No agency has given us a definitive answer.


UPDATE: A number of people in the Sierra around El Dorado County have reported they saw what they believed to be a meteor just before the sound.

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office tells News 4 they cannot confirm anything landed in their jurisdiction, but do tell us they have received a number of phone calls regarding the incident.

Earth is experiencing a Lyrid meteor shower, it's peak was expected to be in the overnight hours.







RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – A large boom was heard Sunday morning around 8:00am around Northern Nevada and the Sierra.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Dispatchers tell News 4 they have received calls from “everywhere” including the Reno metro area to as far away as Incline Village.

The Sheriff’s Office says they are tying to find the source of the boom, but do not know what caused the boom.

There have been reports of the boom being heard in the Reno-Sparks area, Carson City, Minden, South Lake Tahoe, Placerville and Truckee.
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Kramer - 4/23/2012 12:54 PM
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Yo! davestewart (not Eurythmics, i'm quite sure): probably they were using white suits to spray pesticides, maybe for weeds or rodents. or just taking a break from 'art' painting somewheres. Please, confine conspiracies to humans, not supposed 'aliens'.

inspired - 4/23/2012 9:06 AM
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So glad to have an explanation! I heard this Sunday morning. The rest of the family asleep and I had been up a couple of hours or so. Heard the boom and thought something had happened in the back of the house. Jumped up to see what it was and everyone was sleeping soundly. Ran outside - all peaceful. Was the washer unbalanced? Was I unbalanced? Nope, it was a meteor booming into our little world. ok. SparksMom

daniel - 4/23/2012 8:53 AM
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One of them burned out right over our house in the Sierra Valley CA... saw a giant blue streak, then it burned out. It was only about 100 feet above our house when it stopped - scary stuff!

davestewart - 4/22/2012 11:10 PM
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my wife saw 2 white vans and 10-12 men in white hazmat suits combing a field just off the road on jacks valley road near the bottom of kingsbury grade and route 757 this morning around 11:30 am today. Has there been any reports of what this was? Was there something recovered there from the meteor impact?

Lexinator - 4/22/2012 6:01 PM
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These skyquakes have been happening all over the world throughout April. To name the most recent ones: San Diego: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Mystery-Sound-San-Diego-Sonic-Boom-Quake--147325965.html UK: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/12/loud-bang-was-sonic-boom-typhoon-jet-mod-confirms_n_1421616.html Australia: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perth-shaken-by-minor-earth-tremor/story-e6frg13u-1226035465367

kjc89801 - 4/22/2012 3:07 PM
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This could be seen even farther east than Winnemucca. We were driving west on I-80 near Carlin and saw this in the sky. Couldn't figure out why there was a shooting star during the day. Now it makes sense...

maddyo says so - 4/22/2012 2:40 PM
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I heard absolutely nothing. Guess I missed the arrival of Superman. I wonder if an innocent individual(s) went out to investigate and discovered whatever may of hit the earth. Perhaps a super strong alien like creature that asks for water. Perhaps a a small boy clad in nothing that lifts a car before your very eyes. Perhaps a possessive thing that is searching for a new host to take over. The X-files continues. Could it be green goo that will turn the area of impact green and start growing rapidly all over the area and county. We shall see.

Sandwulf - 4/22/2012 12:41 PM
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I miss earth quakes and now a meteor. I slept right thru em! * sniffles *

50undth351r3n5 - 4/22/2012 12:39 PM
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My band practices out in stead over by the airport early in the morning. We all heard the boom and thought it was an airplane crashing. This makes a little more sense... Creepy.

beads4life - 4/22/2012 11:59 AM
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Heard the boom in incline village,nv. It shook the whole house, sounded like a bomb went off.
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