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Falling meteor causes loud boom across central and western New York

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A fireball flashed through the sky of western New York and southern Canada Wednesday, creating an impact that could be heard and felt as far away as Central New York.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 3:55 PM

TORONTO, ON – A fireball flashed through the sky of western New York and southern Canada Wednesday, creating an impact that could be heard and felt as far away as Central New York.

The American Meteor Society says it received dozens of reports of an object early Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Detroit to Cleveland, Toronto, Syracuse, and even into Madison County in Central New York.

The AMS says CNY and northern Pennsylvania had cloudy skies and didn’t see the fireball, but numerous people reporting hearing a loud explosion-like sound. That sound was likely a sonic boom caused by a meteor breaking the sound barrier as it burned through the atmosphere.

A flash lit up the sky over Toronto just after 12:00 p.m., which was captured by a live camera feed situated atop the CN Tower, as seen in this video clip posted to Twitter.

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