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Did you see it? Midday fireball, boom thrill gazers from Ontario to Virginia

Posted at 10:31 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 10:32:45-05

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor.

Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society says witnesses across the region reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in the sky shortly after noon on Wednesday. Police agencies and fire departments around central New York received 911 calls reporting a boom that shook windows.

The American Meteor Society, based in Geneseo, received 78 reports of the fireball seen in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania and Virginia.