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Meteor Hits Northern Nevada With ‘Sonic Boom’

04/22/2012 10:38 PM ET

    There are several reports of a possible meteor seen in the air from many parts of the Reno-Sparks metro area, also the Sierra, the Tonopah, Winnemucca and the Northern Nevada area in general. Witnesses also heard a boom, louder than a sonic, which might not be related to a meteor strike. News 4 in Nevada has reached-out to a number of local law enforcement agencies, state agencies and federal agencies looking for exact answers on what happened this morning.

    A number of people in the Sierra around El Dorado County have reported they saw what they believed to be a meteor just before the sound.

    The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office tells News 4 they cannot confirm anything landed in their jurisdiction, but do tell us they have received a number of phone calls regarding the incident.

    Earth is experiencing a Lyrid meteor shower, it’s peak was expected to be in the overnight hours.

    The large boom was heard Sunday morning around 8:00am, local time, around Northern Nevada and the Sierra.

    Washoe County Sheriff’s Dispatchers tell News 4 they have received calls from “everywhere” including the Reno metro area to as far away as Incline Village.

    The Sheriff’s Office says they are still trying to find the source of the boom, but do not know what caused the boom.


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