Meteor triggers sonic boom and “astonishing” flash of light across multiple states and Ontario

Pieces of a meteor were seen falling from the sky across the East Coast of the United States and Canada in the middle of the day.

Residents in upstate New York began seeing flashes of light around noon Wednesday, and by the evening, the American Meteor Society(AMS) had received more than 150 reports in seven states. 

The event was mainly seen in New York and Ontario, but the organization also received reports of sightings in Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Police agencies and fire departments around central New York received 911 calls reporting a boom that shook windows, but clouds prevented sightings in much of the area.

NASA’s track of the event computed shows that the fireball ended its visible flight somewhere over Cayuga Lake, New York, the American Meteor Society said.  

While the incident was no doubt spectacular, the American Meteor Society noted that meteors visit Earth every day, but are often not seen.

The organization said bright fireballs caused by meteors are considered rare events, and the brighter they are, the more uncommon the occurrence.

Wednesday’s meteor over North America comes just after Japan had its own event earlier this week.




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