Unexplained Fireball, Boom Rattle Residents
February 19, 2017
There’s no official word so far as to what caused a large boom and a bright light across a portion of the North Escambia area Saturday night.
About 9:15 p.m., the first of hundreds of reports began to arrive in the NorthEscambia.com newsroom describing the boom — shaking houses and rattling windows — in a swath from Baldwin County in Alabama, across northern Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and Escambia County in Alabama.
Many that were outdoors at the time also reported a big light or fire streaking across the sky….leading many to theorize the the boom was from a meteorite. (Well, technically a meteoroid that entered the atmosphere, a meteorite if any part managed to survive and hit the ground.)
Other media outlets also received numerous reports of the fireball and boom.
There were no reports of any explosions and anything unusual from emergency services or area airports.
Pictured: A sample image of a meteor and fireball. Courtesy NASA for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.