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Mysterious satellite plummets to Earth in fireball near Bolivian border (PHOTOS)

© Peruvian Air Force / AFP
A mysterious fireball spotted over Peru on Saturday turned out to be part of an old satellite falling to Earth.

The Peruvian Air Force was quick to reveal the source of the flames after the round object was found by locals near Larancahuani in the Puno region near the Bolivian border, La Nacion reports.

Locals alerted the Peruvian Air Force (FAP), which then released images of the debris to stop any theories about UFOs gaining traction. "According to the first analysis, it would be a fuel tank of a disused satellite," Commander Pedro Palza of the FAP's Center told AFP, La Nacion reports.


Mysterious boom heard in central Michigan attributed to tannerite

Mystery boom
© The Scottish Sun
Sometime after 6 p.m. Saturday, dozens of mid-Michigan residents took to social media to ask the question: Did anyone else hear that?

A loud blast heard or felt from south of Shepherd to north of Clare and from Rosebush to Coleman was most likely caused by an exploding firearms target, Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said.

Central dispatch took one report of a loud boom from the 4000 block of East Coleman Road just before 6:30 p.m. and while a check of the area yielded no definitive results, Main said it was most likely a Tannerite target.

"We get that type of complaint from time to time, it sounds like an explosion or Dynamite," Main said.

Tannerite is the brand name of a type of shooting target that explodes when hit by an object traveling at a high velocity, like a bullet.

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Meteor fireball streaks across skies of southern Spain, shines brighter than the moon (VIDEO)

meteor fireball southern spain January 29 2018
This amazing fireball, brighter than the Moon, was recorded over the South of Spain on 29 Jan. 2018, at 6:47 local time (5:47 UT). The event began at an altitude of 101 km over the province of Jaen, and ended at a height of about 41 km over the province of Albacete. According to the preliminary analysis performed by Prof. Jose M. Madiedo, the event was produced by a rock from an asteroid.

Comment: For more information on the increase in fireball events, see: Michigan Meteor Event: Fireball Numbers Increased Again in 2017

And a few others that happened just this month:

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Scientists: Bright meteor fireball near Grand Bend, Ontario likely dropped meteorites

Fireball over southern Ontario
© Western University
Western University scientists say a bright fireball event in Grand Bend likely dropped meteorites in the area.

A network of cameras directed by Western University observed a bright fireball across southern Ontario at 7:23 p.m. on Wednesday.

Analysis of the video data by Western scientists suggests that fragments of the meteor are likely to have made it to the ground between the communities of Saint Joseph and Crediton.

Western's Physics and Astronomy Department runs a camera network that constantly monitors the sky for meteors.


Loud, mystery boom rattles residents in southern Maine

Loud boom heard in Kennebunk, Maine
© visitthekennebunks.com
Residents in parts of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel were left startled and baffled earlier this week when what was described as a loud boom was heard and felt across the area on two occasions, with no one able to pinpoint the cause.

Word of the mystery boom spread across Facebook Monday evening around 9 p.m. and again Wednesday around the same time.

People took to social media asking "Did anyone hear that? What was it?" Speculation ranged from thunder snow to a sonic boom, or a blown electrical transformer.

"I can't believe it was thunder. This was felt and heard from Cape Porpoise to Waterboro. Then two series of popping noises like semi-automatic gun fire," Kennebunk resident Wendy Lank said. "It was so loud, it really made me uneasy."


Loud boom rattles homes in southern Arkansas; officials unaware of cause

Mystery boom in AR
© The Commercial
At about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of reports of a loud "boom" were sent to the Commercial via social media.

A few minutes later, residents in the Magnolia area, some 108 miles southwest of Pine Bluff, reported a similar sound to the online news organization Magnolia Reporter.

Reports in our area came in from just south of Walmart to Redfield and along US 79 in Watson Chapel.

The National Weather Service in North Little Rock ruled out any weather-related noises, such as thunder. The Pine Bluff Police Department also reported no information on the sound, which some residents south of Pine Bluff reported shook their homes.


Residents of North Routt, Colorado trying to solve mystery of what rattled homes

Residents in North Routt County are still trying to figure out what caused some homes and a fire station to rattle from the Clark area all the way to the shores of Steamboat Lake on Thursday morning.

Some residents wondered whether it was a sonic boom, an earthquake, or an avalanche.

But with no offical reports of an earthquake made in the area that day, the source of the boom appears to remain a mystery.

Residents started to try to solve the mystery when North Routt Rumors, a local news source in the area, asked its Facebook fans whether anyone else had experienced what felt like a "roof sliding" between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.


Police in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania investigating reports of loud booming noise

Wyomissing police said that they are investigating what residents described as an "extremely loud boom" that shook their homes about 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

Initial reports from investigators southeast of Wyomissing Hills indicated that there was no fire, but the cause of the noise had not yet been determined.

A resident of Birchwood Road who called the newspaper reported that the boom rattled the roof and walls of his home and that several neighbors rushed outside to see what had happened.

Another resident who lives in the 100 block of Woodland Road said that it felt like an earthquake.

This story will be updated when further information is available.


Bright meteor fireball over the US Midwest seen as far south as Alabama

Fireball over the Midwest
Did you see it?

A fireball lit up the sky over Tennessee and North Alabama Thursday evening, January 18th. Dr. Bill Cooke from NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office tells us it was actually high above Missouri and still bright enough to be seen as far away as Florence, Alabama and Franklin County, Tennessee.


Mysterious boom shakes homes in northern Illinois

Yorkville, IL water tower
© Don Wiley
Was it a sonic boom? A UFO crash? A meteorite?

The source of a loud boom that shook houses in the Yorkville area Saturday afternoon is a mystery to law enforcement and other experts.

Sgt. Dave Lawson of the Kendall County Sheriff's Office said police were notified of the boom at 4:35 p.m. Saturday.

"This is a giant mystery," Lawson said. "I don't know of an easier way to say it. We had units out pretty much immediately in the area and we were unable to figure it out. We actually had off-duty deputies at home that heard it and felt it."

Lawson said the KenCom dispatch system received reports about the boom from as far as Plano and even one report from Minooka.