*ANOTHER UPDATE* My original monday morning guess appears to have been right after all! Now, the experts are saying the Russian Soyuz Rocket did NOT cause Sunday night’s fireball. They are saying it was probably a good old-fashioned meteor.
*UPDATE* The verdict is now in! Looks like the Russians are responsible for this excitement.
Check out the latest from Space.com here http://www.space.com/news/090331-likely-meteor.html
Here’s my post from Monday Morning, with an update to make times more clear:
This appears to be mainly an Eastern VA, MD, and NC phenomena but reports started come in fast and furious to the NWS office in Wakefield last night Sunday night around 9:45pm. Witnesses reported seeing a bright flash in the sky and a loud boom like a sonic boom or earthquake seconds after seeing the bright light.
At first inspection of reports, I think a good guess would be a large meteor that exploded before impact with the earth. Most of the time meteors burn out without any sound. But some large meteors can get heated to such a degree that they literally explode, sometimes causing a huge noise.
The National Weather Service is NOT investigating this. They did take many phone calls though. Unless some security camera footage in the Tidewater area shows something, this may go down as one big mystery!
Did you see this? Feel free to comment!