NASA scientist: Va. mystery boom may be meteor

Thursday - 5/12/2011, 7:03am EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A NASA scientist says a loud boom that rattled Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore might have been caused by a meteor.

Residents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and other areas reported hearing the boom Tuesday night. Some said it shook their homes.

NASA scientist Joe Zawodny tells WAVY-TV that the boom is most consistent with a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere. He says the boom could be associated with a meteor shower that peaked last week.

Zawodny says an object as small as a golf ball could cause a loud boom if it was traveling fast enough.

Pam Trotter of Virginia Beach tells WAVY that the boom felt almost like an earthquake.


Information from: WAVY-TV,

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