Update: The boom heard in central New York this afternoon was probably caused by a meteor.
The exploding sound reported in Onondaga County and beyond was probably the noise of a meteor, said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society. The loud, far-reaching upswing occurs when meteors penetrate the atmosphere, he said.
The recovery is not the only evidence that the meteor made its way to Earth: Witnesses from Canada, New York and Maryland reported seeing a fireball in the sky, Lunsford said.
Meteor detection is not common in sunlight, Lunsford said. And most large rocks burn up when the atmosphere is still high.
“It must be great,” Lunsford said. “You have to be a big enough piece to survive.”
Witness reports of fireballs and sound booms are still coming, Lunsford said. The reports will help the American Meteor Society gather additional evidence and information about the meteor.
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Syracuse, New York – A large explosion, reported as an “explosion,” shook Onondaga County and its environs.
Residents from Clinton to Camillus in Oneida County called 911 on Wednesday afternoon to report an explosion. Several police departments and fire departments are investigating the cause of the recovery.
The first report was made at 12:12 in Onondaga County
The source of the recovery is unclear, the Sgt said. Jon Seeber, a spokesman for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies from the National Grid and the National Meteorological Service are checking to see if officials in any agency know what happened.
Residents in southern Oswego County also reported hearing the exploding sound, the Oswego County 911 dispatcher said. Calls came from Volney, Palermo and Pennellville.
Residents of Madison and Oneida counties also reported a recovery.
Things seemed quiet in the Auburn area: no explosions were reported in Cayuga County, 911 dispatchers said.
People from all over the region have reported hearing and feeling the great boom. They called and emailed Syracuse, Onondaga, Geddes, DeWitt, Baldwinsville, Fayetteville, Manlius, Jamesville, Clay, Salina, Cazenovia, New Woodstock, Brewerton, Cicero, Pennellville, West Monroe, Hannibal and Verona.
The heron shook the windows and woke the pets from their nap.
Because of the coronavirus epidemic, many home workers peeked in front of their homes and looked at what might have caused the noise and ringing.