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Cause of mysterious booms leaves Tucson, Arizona residents shaking for answers

Tuscon, Arizona
© KVOA
Whether it be from an earthquake, a UFO or something else entirely, Tucsonans are working on trying to figure out what shook the Old Pueblo Tuesday morning.

Loud booms followed by ground shakes were observed by various residents across Tucson at around 11 a.m. Tuesday. Reports of the booms came from various parts of the Old Pueblo, including Marana, the Catalina Foothills and the southwest side of town.


While many Tucsonans speculated that the cause may have been from an earthquake, News 4 Tucson Chief Meteorologist Matt Brode and experts with the University of Arizona said that there was not seismic activity observed near Tucson during that timeframe.

Comment: See also: Mysterious booms reported in the Tucson, Arizona area


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Did a huge fireball crash near a lake in Allegan County, Michigan?

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Some Allegan County residents claim to have seen a huge fireball coming from the sky before crashing into Allegan Lake.
Holy crap did anybody see that huge flaming ball crash by lake allegan ~Robert James
Some residents in Allegan are left scratching their heads this morning wondering just what happened Sunday evening. An Allegan area resident posted to a social media group called Allegan County Informed on the evening of Sunday, December 27 stating he saw a large fireball come from the sky before crashing into Allegan Lake.

The alleged fireball and resulting crash into Lake Allegan was said to have happened around 6:50 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The resident that claimed to see it all said he saw a "Crazy purple greenish color it made a high pitched squeal going through the sky" before it crashed in or near Lake Allegan.

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Meteor fireball lights up sky from New Jersey to North Carolina

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A large meteor streaked across the sky along the East Coast Monday evening, prompting two dozen reports to the American Meteor Society with an hour.

The fireball was seen from New Jersey to North Carolina right around 7:30 p.m. People reported it as very bright, moving from left to right and seeming to dissolve or flame out at the end. Color reports varied from bright white to orange, red, yellow and ending in green.

One observer wrote it looked like a "trail of fire in the sky."

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'Sonic boom' sends people into a tizzy in Chandigarh, India

Boom in Chandigarh, India
© Tribune (file photo)
A loud thumping sound echoed across the tri-city on Tuesday evening.

Residents were shocked wondering what had happened. People heard a thumping sound as their doors, windows and cars shook around 8 pm.

"I was surfing the Internet when I heard a loud sound as if someone had smashed my door. I ignored it, but later got calls from my friends, who said they had a similar experience," said Kunal, a Mohali resident.

"I was sitting in my car when it suddenly shook to my utter surprise. I do not know what is was," said Ravi, a resident of Sector 44, Chandigarh.

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Video captures meteor fireball blazing over Texas

Meteor fireball over Texas
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 4 reports (event 8137-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over TX on Sunday, December 27th 2020 around 08:19 UT.

A video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Kevin Palivec.


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Bright meteor fireball streaks over England

Meteor fireball over England
© YouTube/American Meteor Society (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received 9 reports (event 8092-2020) about a meteor fireball seen over England on Saturday, December 26th 2020 around 01:03 UT.

One video was uploaded to the AMS website. Credit: Maggie.


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Meteor fireball falls from the sky north of Sandpoint, Idaho

Fireball over Idaho
© KTVB
A KREM viewer captured video of a meteor falling north of Sandpoint on Dec. 23.

In the video, a fireball is seen falling from the sky. It flares brightly before disappearing behind a small mountain ridge, according to the KREM viewer who sent in the video.

The video was captured at his mother's Upper Pack River Valley home about 15 miles north of Sandpoint.

There are three other reports of people witnessing a fireball in Idaho that night according to the American Meteor Society. However verification of those reports is still pending.


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Asteroid bigger than the Statue of Liberty will fly past Earth on Christmas Day, NASA says

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© Daily Mail, UK
The asteroid could be more than twice the size as the Statue of Liberty (305 feet) or Elizabeth Tower (better known as Big Ben) and bigger than Salisbury Cathedral (404 feet)
An asteroid bigger than the Statue of Liberty will fly past Earth at 8:20pm GMT on Christmas Day, according to data from NASA's Center for Near Earth Studies.

The asteroid, called 2014 SD224, will come within 0.02019 astronomical units, or nearly 1.9 million miles, from the Earth's surface.

2014 SD224 has a diameter anywhere between 302 and 690 feet (92 to 210 metres) - meaning it could be more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty (305 feet) or bigger than Salisbury Cathedral (404 feet).

As 2014 SD224 flies past Earth, it will be travelling at a speed of 10 kilometres per second or more than 22,000 miles per hour - roughly 30 times the speed of sound.

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Meteor fireball lights up sky over Alabama

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A meteor was captured on camera in Marshall County, Alabama, on the evening of December 22, as it hurtled across the sky.

This clip, posted by Michael Brooks on Twitter, shows the fireball as viewed from Lake Guntersville.

The meteor moved at 29,000 miles per hour according to Dr Bill Cooke, Meteoroid Environment Program Manager at NASA, as reported by local meteorologist Jason Simpson.


Credit: Michael Brooks via Storyful

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HUGE meteor fireball lights up southern China's dark morning skies

Fireball over Yushu City
© Weibo
This shot of the meteor was taken from a plane.
A suspected low-flying meteor has lit up the sky in northwestern China's Yushu City on December 23.

Video from the event in the city in China's Qinghai Province showed a bright fireball streaking across and lighting the dark sky.

According to reports, the fireball was probably a bolide and it might have dropped several meteorite fragments somewhere in the area.

A bolide is a very bright meteor.

Comment: The Daily Mail provides a few more details of the awesome event:
In another piece of footage, the burning object is seen descending quickly towards hills and fields.

In a third clip, the fireball becomes brighter and bigger as it approaches the ground.

Dan Ba, a local, said he witnessed the fireball while taking his child to school.

'It started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright,' the parent told Pear Video.
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Yu Jun, chief writer of Chinese science website Guokr, told Beijing News that the fireball looked like a bolide, which is a very bright meteor.

The Nanxiang County Government told Red Star News that it had heard of the matter but was unclear of the details.
It brings to mind the spectacular fireball that roared through Russia's skies on February 15th, 2013, which SOTT reported on at the time: Fireball explodes over Russian city: Widespread panic and structural damage, Thousand people injured

Although there have been a great many smaller events since then, as recorded in our Fire In The Sky section.

See also: Something Wicked This Way Comes

And check out SOTT radio's: More footage and data is emerging on Twitter: