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.