A large fireball affects several U.S. cities

April 23, 2012

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Nevada and California experienced a loud bang on Sunday morning following a fireball.

The sound of the explosion, which occurred around 8:00 triggered an avalanche of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of Sierra Nevada in the two states.

The explosion shook the windows of the houses in Reno in Winnemucca, Nevada, and from Sacramento to Bakersfield areas of California.

Residents of the two states reported seeing a fireball in the sky, while the explosion.

Dan Ruby Fleischmann Planetarium University of Nevada, Reno, said that “reports indicate that the meteorite broke above the Earth somewhere in the southwest of the Sierra in Reno.”

According to meteorologists “When waste enters the atmosphere creates explosions similar to an aircraft sonic boom.”

“There were no reports of earthquakes or seismic activity.”

A witness said, “I was outside my apartment and saw a huge bright thing in the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw a huge glowing ball with a tail. “

This weekend was a time of increased activity of meteorites, such as the Lyrids meteor shower that was visible from Earth.