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Tennessee: Did a meteorite make mincemeat of North Side abodes? Theories abound

A natural gas explosion? That's disappointing to all of us who had been pulling for the meteor.

We still don't know with certainty what set off the explosion at a North Side home last week. At a news conference yesterday, Detective Michael Burns of the city's arson unit said an illegal drug lab has been ruled out, which leaves investigators to believe natural gas was the cause.


Kokomo - Jets put boom speculation to rest, states National Guard

Jets put boom speculation to rest

The loud boom heard throughout Howard and Tipton counties late Wednesday was caused by F-16 fighter jets conducting training in the area, the Indiana National Guard reported Thursday.


Argentina: Another meteor sighted near Parana

The Asociación Entrerriana de Astronomía (AEA) [Entre Ríos Astronomy Society, Argentina] has announced that on Wednesday 16th April 2008, at approximately 19:30 hours, was observed a highly luminous object that had all the characteristics of a bolide. This object was sighted from Paraná, Oro Verde and San Benito. According to witnesses, the bolide was intensely bright, with colours fluctuating between green, yellow and red.


SOTT Focus: Impact Hazards on a Populated Earth?

Somehow, I think it is highly probable that we have a new event to add to our list of Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls Have a look at the excerpts from the following two news items from this past week and see if something doesn't seem off about the glib and facile "explanations" for a series of extremely bizarre events. Every element of the stories is explainable in the terms presented by Clube and Napier, Mike Baillie and John S. Lewis and which have been the topic of the present series of articles on Comet hazards. At the same time, the explanations given by the "official sources" simply do not sound plausible.

Read and judge for yourself.


Damage Control: Mysterious booms, lights over Indiana were just F-16s

INDIANAPOLIS - The commander of an Indiana Air National Guard unit is investigating why F-16s involved in training exercises created sonic booms two consecutive nights over north-central Indiana, shocking residents who also saw dazzling flares used in the missions.

Comment: Jet fighters don't break the sound barrier by mistake. Is it just a coincidence, then, that Illinois had a 5.4 magnitude "earthquake" just a day later during which residents heard a roaring sound?


Officials search for 'explosion' or 'fireball' near Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. - Kokomo Emergency responders from Howard and Tipton counties were mobilized late Wednesday after receiving many calls about a large explosion.

Dozens of residents reported hearing, feeling or seeing some kind of explosion near Kokomo about 10:30 p.m., but about midnight, a Tipton County Sheriff's Department dispatch official said police and fire crews still were searching for debris or other evidence of a blast.


Indiana: Meteorites blamed for Kokomo rumble

A chunky visitor from beyond our planet left a sparkly impression over the skies of north-central Indiana.

Bad Guys

Decaturville meteorite never quite panned out

The meteor crater deposits in the Decaturville area were once the center of attention for many Camden County residents.


Incoming!: Mysterious Sonic Boom reported over Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Did you get a bang out of life last Wednesday?

YPCT is investigating the source of a massive, window-rattling boom that had residents from Moonta to Kadina to Cunliffe scurrying outside in search of a cause last Wednesday evening at around 5.30 pm.

The mystery deepened on Thursday with Kadina police saying not only were there no reports of any damage but no one had called to report the incident.


Hunt on for Argentine meteorite

The space rock reportedly crashed late Sunday somewhere in Entre Rios Province, some 260 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, reports the daily Clarin, which quoted a witness, Milton Blumhagen, a student and astronomy buff: "For three or four seconds I saw an object in flames, changing color until it turned blue when it approached the ground.'' A fire department source said the impact was felt for miles around. No damage was reported.