A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.
The sound and the light show were likely caused by a meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere, astronomers said.
Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere over the Sierra southwest of Reno.
No earthquakes were reported by USGS for that location and time. A meteor was indeed seen around the same time, but its fishy as to whether or not it is truly related to the persistent rumbling, which we hear an officer make mention of in this scanner audio.
Part 1 (Washoe County Sheriff)
Police Audio starts @ 0:55 Exclusive police audio from the odd occurrence in northern Nevada and parts of California.
Part 2 (This audio is from the Douglas County Sherriff audio feed)
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tells News 4 they have received reports of a meteor strike near the Kingsbury Grade area but there is no confirmation at this point.
Update April 24, 2012: Sierra Meteor/Fireball ‘the size of a minivan’ Decoded