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Space rock? Loud house-shaking boom heard in southern California

San Diego mystery boom
© Fox5
A loud boom was heard around San Diego Wednesday afternoon.

A Carmel Valley resident sent a tweet at 12:26 p.m. asking if the noise was a sonic boom. Another person said their house rattled around the same time.
Felt it over here in Carmel Valley, too quick for an earthquake? Sonic boom?

- R Dub (@r_dub_1) May 16, 2018
FOX 5 reached out to local military bases to find out if they were involved in making the noise.

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Meteor fireball seen in skies above Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Fredericksburg-area residents reported that an object from outer space tore through the sky Tuesday, just before midnight, leaving in its wake a sonic boom heard by residents from Culpeper to Colonial Beach.

The meteor was "the brightest and most amazing fireball I've ever seen, in person or in any videos," wrote Chase K. of Dahlgren in his report to the American Meteor Society. The night sky appeared like a giant lightning strike and it was almost as bright as daylight when the primarily red and orange fireball was seen, he said.

He didn't notice any sound, but an observer who identified himself as William G. of Colonial Beach wrote in his report to the society that there was a loud boom and "ground shake similar to a military artillery round."

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Fireball? Unexplained boom, flash of light recorded on Ohio home security camera

Flash of light and boom in OH
© YouTube/hooeetube
Don't even try telling Anderson Township resident Kimberly Kempke that the "boom" noise people are hearing around her community is nothing more than fireworks.

Anyone suggesting this obviously hasn't really heard the noise being referenced by people on her two Facebook groups - Watchful Eyes in Anderson and Watchful Eyes of Mt. Washington, she said.

The sounds are "true booms. They sound like a powerful explosion," Kempke said.

"It's unlike anything I've ever seen or felt before. And I've been very up close with the WEBN Fireworks many times," she added.


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Meteor fireball captured in Tucson, Arizona sky

Fireball over Tucson, AZ
© Eliot Herman
A fireball was captured in the Tucson AZ sky at 12:50 am using two cameras, a Nikon D810 with a 8 mm fisheye with 15 second long exposures and a Starlight Xpress Oculus all sky meteor camera with 30 second long exposures. The fireball left a smoke trail that persisted for a few minutes also shown.

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Asteroid 3 times larger than Chelyabinsk making close approach... TODAY!

asteroid 2010 WC9
© JPL/NASA
Asteroid 2010 WC9
Last night in Australia, near-Earth asteroid 2010 WC9 glided silently across the starry sky of Brisbane while the city's residents slept. Well... not every resident slept. Amateur astronomer
asteroid 2010 WC9
© Dennis Simmons
Asteroid 2010 WC9
Dennis Simmons was wide awake and recorded the flyby:

"The asteroid moved rapidly through the constellation Hercules shining about as brightly as a 15th magnitude star," says Simmons. "The 'wobbly' appearance of the trail is as a result of slight periodic errors in the telescope mount's gear train. This is not caused by the asteroid tumbling!"

Tonight, the view will improve - a lot. On May 15th, 2010 WC9 will fly through the Earth-Moon system, splitting the distance between our planet and the Moon. At closest approach (203,000 km), the asteroid will glow like an 11th magnitude star (~40 times brighter than shown above) as it races through the southern constellation Pavo (the Peacock).

2010 WC9 is known as the "lost asteroid" because astronomers lost track of it soon after it was discovered in November 2010. The asteroid receded from Earth and didn't return for nearly 8 years... until now.

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Bright meteor fireball observed over Brazil

meteor fireball over Brazil
© exoss.org and Sergio Luis
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 78 reports about a meteor fireball seen over the Brazilian states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Paraná on Monday, May 7th 2018 around 23:14 UT.

A video of the event was uploaded by Bramon, the Brazilian Meteor Observation Network.


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Mysterious booms rattle UK and US residents in April 2018 and nobody knows where they came from

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You have reported on my blog and Facebook page many mysterious booms in April 2018. Thank you for that. I will list here 4 news articles featuring loud booming sounds in the UK and the USA, showing that the cause of this strange phenomenon still remains unknown... And finally I will try to give some possible explanations for these loud but unknown rumblings.

Loud boom remains a mystery for Bellingham residents on April 23, 2018

Plenty of theories were floated on social media Monday night and Tuesday morning about the cause of a large boom that was heard from Everson to Bellingham and west to Blaine around 7 p.m. Monday. According to reports, the boom shook houses, though no reports of damage were mentioned. - Bellingham Herald

Michigan Township rattled by mysterious explosion on April 22, 2018

Some people living in and near Bedford Township in Southeast Michigan have reported hearing a loud "boom" that they say sounded, and felt, like an explosion just before 8:30 Sunday evening. And of course the mystery continues. - 13 ABC

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Loud house-shaking boom heard in northwestern Washington

Loud boom in WA
© The Bellingham Herald (stock photo)
A sonic boom from a plane? A stick of dynamite? Somebody blowing up old tree stumps? Something at the refinery? Blasting for a new logging road? Mount Baker getting ready to erupt? How about a UFO?

Plenty of theories were floated on social media Monday night and Tuesday morning about the cause of a large boom that was heard from Everson to Bellingham and west to Blaine around 7 p.m. Monday. According to reports, the boom shook houses, though no reports of damage were mentioned.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the only thing known for sure was that it was loud. The cause is still a mystery.

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Southeast Michigan residents report hearing loud house-rattling 'boom'

Mystery boom in MI
© 13ABC
Some people in Southeast Michigan have reported hearing a loud "boom" that they say sounded, and felt, like an explosion.

People living in and near Bedford Township tell 13abc they heard the loud noise just before 8:30 Sunday evening.

Some viewers say they believe it happened on Erie Road between Crabb and Minx.

A 13abc crew drove to the area and found a Monroe County Deputy patrolling the road.

That deputy told 13abc he was called to check out the sound, but hadn't found anything suspicious.

The law enforcement officer did say, however, that he felt his cruiser shake around the same time that noise was reported.

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Meteor fireball lights up the sky over New Jersey

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A bright meteor described as "bright and beautiful" streaked across the sky over New Jersey on Thursday.

"I was driving Route 206 North just south of the Somerville Circle just before 9 p.m., and I saw something streak across the sky, with a pretty bright ball with a long tail. Then it just went dark," Lorna Morehead of Bridgewater told New Jersey 101.5.

Reports to the meteor reporting website amsmeteors.org came from New Jersey and neighboring Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. In New Jersey, reports came from Keyport, Greenwich, Scotch Plains, Montclair, Lebanon, Manasquan, Rockaway, Franklin Lakes, and Springfield Township in Union County.