Last Week’s SouthCoast Sonic Boom Explained
Did you feel your house shake or hear a loud boom in New Bedford last week? Meteorologists are now explaining what may have happened.
On October 20th people in Acushnet, Fairhaven and New Bedford were reporting a bright flash and loud boom in the sky plus some people even said their house shook.
One man told WPRI 12 that he thought his neighbor's house had exploded when he heard the noise.
But meteorologists are now saying it may have been something much farther away causing the sights and sounds many locals witnessed.
WPRI points to the American Meteor Society's Fireball logs, which show two fireballs were reported at the time of the sonic boom over New England.
Fireballs are another term for meteors, but they can have a glow as bright as a planet in the sky.
They actually light up the night skies around the world more often than you may think and when they break through the atmosphere can cause sonic booms and extremely bright flashes.
If you weren't in Acushnet, Fairhaven or New Bedford on October 20th to see the celestial event, check out dash cam video that WPRI 12 shared.