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Loud boom, rumble heard in Panama City Beach, Florida

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A lot of folks contacted us today after hearing a loud boom and rumbling sound early this afternoon a little after 1pm. Many people thought it might have been an earthquake. A quick check of the USGS (United States Geological Survey) ruled that out.

While we do not have a definitive answer what caused the rumble can likely be narrowed down to a few possibilities...

1. A sonic boom from a military jet over the Gulf of Mexico. While no aircraft were flying out of Tyndall... planes could have been flying over the Gulf from either Eglin or MacDill.

2. An explosion from an ordinance over at Eglin on the test range

3. Maybe a sonic boom from a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere.


Mysterious boom rattles residents and homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mystery boom in Philadelphia
A mysterious boom has left residents in South Philadelphia rattled after many were awoken overnight by the loud sound. The boom was reportedly heard around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Those who heard it turned to social media to try to figure out what it may have been.

Many reported the boom was so loud it shook their windows and houses. Some even called police to report the mysterious explosion-like sound.

"I was asleep," said Kacie Campbell, a Pennsport Resident. "A pretty deep sleep. It was this loud noise that woke me up out of nowhere."


Mysterious 'earth-shaking sound' rocks southeastern Kentucky

Mystery boom in KY
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a loud boom was heard by several people Tuesday night.

Officials say the boom was heard in Madison County and Rockcastle County as well.

They say they don't know what the noise was and that trying to figure it out will be like finding a needle in a haystack.

In a Facebook post, Jackson County 911 said "No it's not a 'conspiracy' and no we are not hiding anything."

Comment: WKYT updated their report:
"Well at about 6:19 pm yesterday evening a couple of people called in and said they heard this loud boom in the county. We went to check on it in the area, and we never found anything," said Jackson County Sheriff Paul

It's the conversation of the county. Last night, Jackson County 911 dispatch received a handful of reports of an earth-shaking sound.

"Well at about 6:19 pm yesterday evening a couple of people called in and said they heard this loud boom in the county. We went to check on it in the area, and we never found anything," said Jackson County Sheriff Paul Hays.

Devonna Hisel lives in the northern part of the county, she says the mysterious boom shook the foundation of her house and scared a few of her neighbors. "We've had it shake the house before but not this much. We have a little dog that jumped and that never happened before," said Hisel.

From a transformer blowing to blasting at the rock quarry, a sonic boom, and even fracking, none of these are plausible and offer no possible insight as to why the boom happened. Many others reported the loud boom in parts of Madison, Estill, and Rockcastle counties as well. Forget the birdbox and the blindfold, grab the ear plugs next time your passing through Jackson County.

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Meteor fireball seen flying over eastern Texas

Fireball over W So Tx
© YouTube/AMS
The American Meteor Society posted a clip of a fireball seen over western Texas on January 19th:

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Astronomical odds? Meteor strikes moon during 'Super Wolf Blood Moon' eclipse

Lunar Meteorite Impact
© Jose M. Madiedo
The meteorite impact caused a bright flash, indicated by the arrow.
Observers of yesterday's lunar eclipse were blessed with the first known sighting of a meteorite impact during such an event.

The so-called "super wolf blood moon" was eagerly watched by millions of people around the world, mostly via live streaming video. During the eclipse, some people noticed a tiny flash, a brief yellow-white speck, popping up on the lunar surface during the online broadcasts.

One Reddit user raised the possibility that this was a meteorite impact and others scoured eclipse footage for evidence of the event. A flash is visible in at least three different videos.

Jose Maria Madiedo at the University of Huelva in Spain has confirmed that the impact is genuine. For years, he and his colleagues have been hoping to observe a meteorite impact on the moon during a lunar eclipse, but the brightness of these events can make that very difficult - lunar meteorite impacts have been filmed before, but not during an eclipse.

Comment: Well we're "really really" glad that this chappy is "really really happy", but someone has to point out that this clearly points to the inner solar system these days having a LOT more debris in it than usual...


'Rattled my whole trailer': Mysterious boom heard, felt in Delta, Colorado

Mystery boom in Delta, CO
There were nearly 300 comments on the Delta Facebook Message board from people who heard what they're describing as a "loud boom" on New Year's Eve.

It's easy to assume it was fireworks; after all, it was New Year's Eve.

People in Delta swear that it was not fireworks.

From things falling off of walls to people going outside to see what had happened, Delta locals are now wondering what it could have been.

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Bright meteor fireball blazes over Shetland, Scotland

Shetland meteor
© YouTube/Raccoon (screen capture)
LOCAL astronomers agree that a fireball seen over Sumburgh airport on Friday evening was a sporadic meteor.

The meteor was captured by one of the Sumburgh Head cliff cameras operated by Shetland Webcam and shared on You Tube.


Dozens report seeing meteor fireball over northern New England

Fireball - Stock image

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A meteor almost surely traveled across the sky over northern New England early Wednesday night, substantiated by numerous reports in the area.

At least two dozen people from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts submitted fireball reports though the American Meteor Society's website.

Reports were submitted from 5:20 p.m. to 6:04 p.m., indicating the flash happened at about 5:15 p.m. Most people said it lasted for 3.5 seconds.

Here's a map of the reports filed on AMS:
AMS fireball map over NE US


Mystery surrounds 'massive flash and boom' over Somerset, UK

Mystery boom - stock
© Getty Images
A Somerset resident has spoken of the moment he witnessed what he described as a "massive flash and deep boom" in the sky above his home, prompting the question - what was it?

Martin Mulchinock, from Priddy, near Wells, has been left scratching his head over what the flash and boom was and is wondering whether anyone else heard or saw anything.

The flash and boom could have been seen or heard across Mendip and surrounding areas.

He said: "At approximately 9:55 pm, there was a massive flash in the night sky. A trail was visible but dissipated quickly.

"Roughly five minutes later there was a deep boom which disturbed the grouse. It was pretty dramatic.

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Meteor fireball reported over Cape Town, South Africa

meteor cape town south africa
A bright meteor exploded over Cape Town, South Africa around 18:05 UTC on January 16, 2019 (20:05 local time). Bright light produced by the object was followed by very loud sound and ground shaking.

The American Meteor Society has so far received 6 reports about this event. If you witnessed it, please fill out this form.

People from all over the Cape, from Hermanus to Franschhoek, Cape Town and all the way to the Swartland, have been talking about the 'massive flash of flight' that appeared suddenly in the twilight sky, The Citizen reports.

According to witnesses, this bright object was followed by a loud bang that shook the ground and rattled houses and windows.