Midday fireball, boom thrill gazers from Ontario to Virginia

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (AP) — A noontime boom that was heard and felt from southern Ontario to Virginia was likely caused by a disintegrating meteor, according to an organisation in western New York that keeps track of such phenomena.

Witnesses across the area reported hearing the boom or seeing a fireball in the sky shortly after noon on Wednesday, said Robert Lunsford of the American Meteor Society in Geneseo.

By 5pm, the organisation had recorded 90 reports of the fireball seen in Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ontario, 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.

Since most reports of the boom were around Syracuse, that’s likely where the meteor blew to bits, Lunsford said.

A report from Welland, Ontario, described a long, bright green train. “Sunny day so it looked like a gold metallic flash against the blue sky,” said a report from Winchester, Virginia.