Meteor shower causes loud boom over California

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, April 23, 2012 7:50 EDT
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Spectators look for Space Shuttle Atlantis upon hearing its double sonic boom as it approached landing in the Mojave Desert in California in 2009 (AFP)
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A loud boom similar to the sound of an explosion has been heard over much of northern California apparently as a result of an ongoing meteor shower, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The newspaper, citing Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Servicemeteorologist in Sacramento, said the sound had been produced by a meteor apparently breaking up above the Earth, sending the sound reverberating across the area.

The National Weather Service received reports of the sound across northern California early on Sunday, and even as far south as Orange County, the report said.

Though the peak of the shower was Saturday evening, beams of light will likely still be visible for several days, The LA Times said.

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