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'Loud boom' sounds reported in several North Carolina counties

Booms in North Carolina
Across several North Carolina counties, thousands of people reported hearing loud "boom" sounds late Saturday afternoon. No official explanation for the mysterious noises has been issued as of Sunday morning.

WFMY News 2 is continuing to reach out to officials about the "booms," and this article will be updated as we learn more.

In terms of location, viewers reported hearing the sounds in Forsyth, Yadkin, Stokes, Davie, Rockingham, and Surry counties.

On social media, descriptions of the boom's impact range from simply hearing the noises to people's homes shaking. Viewers shared what they heard on the WFMY News 2 Facebook page.


'Sonic boom' possibility on loud noise heard in Southern Ohio

Mystery boom (stock)
A loud boom was heard around 2 pm this afternoon and for some people it shook their house.

We have had several messages on this incident and after discussing it with several local authorities we think this is the possibility of a sonic boom from an aircraft. Local authorities have nothing to report on the incident.

The "boom" was heard throughout Pickaway county, East Fairfield county and Northern Ross county.

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Bright meteor fireball explodes over Norway

Meteor fireball over Norway
© Norwegian Meteor Network / Solar Observatory at Harestua
On the night of 5 January 2021 at 00:21:38, a large meteor fireball lit up the sky over Eastern Norway reports the Norwegian Meteorite Network, and may have produced meteorites.

According to the Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR) website infrasound stations on Løten registered signals from the meteor which was heard by people living in Ullensaker.

The Norwegian Meteor Network / Solar Observatory at Harestua recorded the event:

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Daytime meteor fireball filmed over Hiratsuka, Japan

A meteor fireball spotted falling from sky yesterday over Hiratsuka, Japan.


Meteor fireball filmed over the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia


According to scientists, its diameter was less than ten meters. The meteorite collapsed before reaching the ground.


Nest camera captures meteor fireball in Bedford County sky in Virginia

Focus on the upper-righthand corner of the video

Wow, what a shot!

The Capen Family in Forest sent Chris Michaels this footage from their home security camera showing a fireball in the sky.

A number of reports came into the American Meteor Society on Monday morning across Virginia.

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Meteor fireball streaks over US East Coast

Observers map for AMS event 183-2021
© AMS (screen capture)
Observers map for AMS event 183-2021
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 42 reports (event 183-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over DC, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA and WV on Sunday, January 10th 2021 around 04:17 UT.

Two videos were uploaded to the AMS website.

Credit: Timothy Bruno.

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Meteor fireball lights up night sky over Antipolo, Philippines

Meteor fireball over Philippines
© YouTube/Fish News (screen capture)
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received a report (event 171-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Central Luzon on Saturday, January 9th 2021 around 12:24 UT.

A video was uploaded to YouTube:


Mysterious meteor fireball spotted in United Arab Emirates skies

© AstronomyCenter/Twitter
The rare occurrence lit up the evening sky for about 4 seconds.

A fireball streaked across the Abu Dhabi sky on Friday evening. According to the International Astronomy Centre (ISC), it was spotted at 6.32pm and lit the evening sky for about four seconds.

It was detected by the ISC's UAE Meteor Monitoring Network. "The centre is analysing whether a part of the fireball reached the ground."

Fireball is another term for a very bright meteor.


Multiple meteor fireball sightings reported in Minnesota, North Dakota and Canada

A large meteor that appeared as a fireball with a bright tail lit up the skies across North Dakota, Minnesota and Canada.

According to the American Meteor Society, the fireball was reported by at least 32 people at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Witnesses reported seeing the fireball in southern, central and northwestern Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and Manitoba.

One witness wrote "Unlike anything I have ever seen." Another report said the meteor had a "spark trail" as it fell from the sky.

The organization says several thousand meteors of fireball magnitude occur in the Earth's atmosphere each day. The vast majority occur over the oceans and uninhabited regions.