Sonic Boom Friday Night Across Indiana Likely A Meteor

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CARROLL COUNTY, IN. – A loud boom heard late Friday night across portions of Indiana was likely caused by a meteor, according to meteorologists and witnesses.

Reports flooded in from various locations, with some residents capturing the bright blue streak of light in the sky on their ring cameras. 

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis received numerous calls from people who heard the boom and witnessed the flash, while pilots in Kentucky reported seeing a meteor to the north. Lightning detectors for Colorado State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also registered a blip at 8:46 p.m. in the Lafayette area.

Meanwhile some residents initially speculated about other possibilities, such as a haunted house or an explosion, experts confirmed that it was likely a meteor due to the annual Lyrid meteor shower, which is currently ongoing and set to peak on Saturday night, April 22.

The phenomenon caused loud shaking and the sound of an explosion, especially in areas near Noblesville and Westfield, where residents reported feeling their homes shake. Despite the initial shock, no damages or injuries have been reported.

As the Lyrid meteor shower continues until April 29, stargazers in central Indiana can look forward to more celestial displays in the coming days. In the meantime, experts urge residents to remain vigilant and report any unusual occurrences to the appropriate authorities.

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