[meteorite-list] Thunderous Sound Heard from Mississippi to Florida

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun Dec 18 23:18:06 2005
Message-ID: <200512190416.jBJ4GRW18578_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Strange Shaking
Andrew Findley
WKRG News 5
December 16, 2005

A mysterious force shook buildings from Pascagoula, Mississippi to
Chumuckla, Florida Friday morning, but no one News 5 talked to knows
exactly what caused it. Sometime between 9:00 and 9:30 am, a thunderous
sound rumbled through the Gulf Coast. Not everyone felt it, but those
who did all described it in much the same way. Ruthstein Woods in Eight
Mile said, "I was laying in the bed watching TV and all of a sudden, it
was like big boom, like the ceiling or something was like falling. I
jumped up and ran and looked, and I looked outside, but I didn't see
anything. It was like real, real shaking and stuff."

Donny George in Midtown felt it, too. "It was more like a sonic boom. I
questioned whether or not the space shuttle had come back into the
atmosphere, because I'm from Florida. And when the space shuttle comes
in there, it makes a sonic boom, rattles the windows," said George. He
added, "It rattled the building, rattled the windows. I thought somebody
had hit our building."

It shook Harvey Smith as well. "I just heard a loud boom, I thought
maybe some kind of sonic boom or something like an airplane breaking the
sound barrier, or...but it shook my house. I still don't know what it was."

People from as far away as Pascagoula, Mississippi to Flomaton, Alabama
to Chumuckla, Florida called News 5 to tell us they heard and felt
something. But because not everyone felt it, speculation rose from the
ground to the air. Some suspected military aircraft causing sonic booms
by breaking the sound barrier. But News 5 was unable to confirm whether
it was a jet. So, the mystery and the speculation continue.
Received on Sun 18 Dec 2005 11:16:27 PM PST

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