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Two in two days: Another meteor fireball seen over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© YouTube/AMS/Patrick L.
On November 4, 2019, a meteor was caught flying through the sky in Acton, California. Patrick L. caught the fireball on his dashcam and uploaded it to the American Meteor Society (AMS). The AMS received 6 additional sighting reports from San Diego to Long Beach.


Just two days prior, a fireball was seen soaring over the state.

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Big boom, bright streak of light across the sky over Pacific Northwest was a meteor

Meteor fireball (stock)
© Ikonacolor/Getty Images (file photo)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a meteor!

Observant stargazers in the Pacific Northwest noticed something streak across the night sky late Sunday night, with a long, blue-green tail and an accompanying booming sound.

Posts in Reddit forums started popping up: "I saw what looked like a strange firework ..."Did anyone else see a shooting star tonight?" "What was that huge explosion sound north Seattle????"

The awe wasn't confined to the Seattle area. A Reddit user in Vancouver, B.C., reported seeing "a relatively large streak of light cut diagonally across the sky tonight around 11:30 p.m. We're in the Dunbar and 16th area and saw it in a north-northwest direction, about 30 degrees up. I thought it was just white, my girlfriend said it was rainbow coloured. Are there any meteor showers or something tonight? It lasted about three-quarters of a second, and sort of faded quickly."


Comment: The East Oregonian reports the boom shook windows, doors and rattled walls in northeast Oregon:
"It was a loud boom that lasted a long time and rattled the walls," said Crystal McKee, who lives near the center of town.

"It sounded like they were lighting off dynamite in the park," said Jason Martinez. He lives across the street from Athena City Park, which sits at the southern edge of town.

The noise shook both from deep sleep.
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One person initially thought a car had crashed into her house. Others said the concussion shook windows and doors. Someone from Weston heard it too — and another on Weston Mountain. One speculated about a massive crater nearby.



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Loud house-shaking boom rattles residents in Wichita, Kansas

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A series of loud booms shook south Wichita Saturday afternoon, leaving thousands of people as far away as Haysville and Marion County wondering what caused them.

Beginning around 1:40 p.m., Sedgwick County emergency dispatchers fielded many calls about "possible explosions."

A spokesperson from the National Earthquake Information Center says that their recording equipment has not shown evidence of an earthquake. We have reached out to McConnell Air Force Base but so far have not received an answer.

Ruby Welch posted via Facebook that the boom "shook her house" and thought that "something blew up in (her) neighborhood."

Some people have speculated that it was a meteor. Others think it may have been a sonic boom. Others thought they had seen strange objects in the sky, but that has not been confirmed.

Comment: On November 2nd, the American Meteor Society received 36 reports of a meteor over Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


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Doorbell camera captures 'huge' meteor fireball over Southern California

Fireball over SoCal
© MSN/Jessica Gilstrap
Home security cameras captured the moment a meteor streaked across the night sky over Fullerton, California, in the early hours of November 2.

Jessica Gilstrap tweeted this video recorded by her doorbell camera, writing: "WHOA! Jared and I were laying in bed and a bright light shone in our room, I thought someone was outside with a flashlight. It was a HUGE meteor! Our doorbell cam caught it. So cool."

Comment: Additional footage of the bolide was uploaded to the American Meteor Society by Steve R.:




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Meteor fireball streaks over northeast Ontario

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People across northeastern Ontario are still talking about seeing a fireball falling through the sky during the evening hours on October 29.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. and social media lit like the fireball people reported seeing streaking across the horizon.

Rachel Hamelin says she saw the spectacle on her way home from work, and says she was awestruck.

"We've always watched the meteor showers in August at the cottage, so you can see all of the white streaks just all over the sky... but this was completely different because it was red and bright. It was a massive fireball. To see something like that, you see videos of it, but to actually see it with your own eyes... videos don't do it justice," says Hamlin.

Some speculated that it was a piece of a satellite, or even aliens, but an astronomy professor says it's a common phenomenon, albeit rare to see in person.

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Large green meteor fireball widely observed flying over Ireland

Green meteor fireball over Ireland

Sean Linehan was driving near Banteer, Co Cork when he recorded amazing footage of the meteor on his dashcam.
An Irish driver has captured stunning footage of a low-flying meteor over Co Cork.

Sean Linehan was driving near Banteer, Co Cork at around 7pm on Monday night when we recorded amazing footage of the green meteor on his dashcam.

Sean uploaded the clip to his Twitter account shortly after, tweeting: "Just caught this on my dashcam outside Banteer, Cork.


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Grimsby, England residents report late-night 'deafening bang'

Loud boom in Grimsby, England
© Abby Ruston
Did you hear the "deafening bang" that awoke residents last night?

A number of Scartho residents took to social media last night to try and find out the cause of a loud bang that was heard across the area. People say that they are convinced that it was not a firework, and were worried that it may have been an explosion.

The noise was was heard at around 11pm last night, and there have been a number of theories about what may have caused it, ranging from a sonic boom to neighbours putting their bins out too loudly - although as it was heard from as far away as Waltham and Killingholme, the latter is unlikely.

One Scartho resident took to social media to say: "Did anyone just hear a loud bang? Was not a firework, sounded like some sort of explosion".

Another resident, who claimed to have bad hearing said: "I heard it up Scartho top, it was extremely loud and I'm deaf!"

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Meteor fireball caught on dash-cam as it flies over California

Fireball over California
© YouTube/AMS/Paul M.
The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 25 reports of a meteor over California on October 22, 2019. AMS member 'Paul M.' caught footage of the fireball on his dash-cam as it flew over Leona Valley.

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Loud booms heard in Genesee County, Michigan attributed to meteor

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Don't lie, we all thought it - is this it? Have aliens finally decided to take over? Are we being attacked?? Is it the rapture??!! WHAT IS HAPPENING OMG

Nothing more comforting than cruising social media after something weird happens and realizing that other people experienced the same thing, and that's exactly what happened last night.

Around 7:45 ET last night, a series of loud booms were heard throughout the area. We heard them in Burton and, according to Facebook, they were heard in Davison and Holly, too.

At first, some people speculated that it was a series of super loud fireworks being set off near Bristol and Maple. However, we Michiganders know what fireworks sound like and that theory was quickly debunked.

It was noted that nobody heard a police report or sirens afterwards, so was it...something else?

Another theory is that is was part of the Orionid meteor shower, which happens everywhere between October and November. It's visible in Michigan and, this year, we'll also be seeing remnants of Halley's Comet.

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Mysterious boom spurs fear, confusion in Mount Vernon, Ohio

Mystery boom Mt Vernon, OH
© Knox Pages/Grant Pepper
A dozen Mount Vernon residents called 911 on Sunday night saying they heard a loud bang, according to 911 calls obtained by Knox Pages. But 24 hours later, local authorities still have no idea where the noise came from.

Most of the calls came from the north end of town, near the five-point intersection off North Main Street. Some came from the neighborhood surrounding Pleasant Street Elementary, however, which is almost a mile away. Callers from all locations claimed the source of the noise must be nearby, given how loud it was.

Mount Vernon police officers were dispatched to the call areas at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, department spokesperson Matt Haver said. But they were unable to find the source of the bang, and the police department is not conducting an investigation into the matter.

Those who reported the loud boom on Sunday night seemed scared and confused. A woman calling from North Mulberry Street seemed to tremble as she described a "loud explosion." A man calling from West Curtis Street said it "shook the hell out of our house," and a woman calling from East Burgess Street said she had retreated indoors, in case it was a gunshot.