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Thursday Night Rubble
updated: Feb 22, 2013, 7:42 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

We live near Hendry's Beach. At 10:35 tonight (Thursday), a loud rumble shook the house and the curtain on the bedroom window blew in. It sounded like a sonic boom. Did anyone else hear or feel it?

Other Edhat subscribers reported:

  • Super bright blue fireball explosion with sonic boom! We were sitting in hot tub enjoying the moonlight when at approx. 10 pm Thursday night we saw a super bright white- blue fireball streaking towards the southwest horizon. It exploded into several pieces and lit up the backyard like daytime. 4 minutes later we hear a long thundering rumbling explosion.Did anyone else see it? Incredible! Largest fireball with trail I've ever seen. Crazy!!

  • Did anyone else hear a window-rattling rumbilng at 10:34 pm tonight? It made the house shake and got the dogs barking.

  • It is 10:37pm and we have just heard a deep boom accompanied by every window in our house shaking and tattling in its casements! Felt like something huge hit. Our house ( I looked, it didn't!) Sonic boom? Something hapoening at Vandenburg? We live by Oak Park and Cottage Hospital but I don't think we can blame this on the helicopters this time! Anyone else hear it? Know what the heck it was?

  • Did anyone hear/ feel loud rumbling near oak park just now?

  • Just saw the best shooting star lighting up the lower Rivera. What a treat!

  • Who else saw the meteor last night? It was over the ocean, about 10:25, in the east/south direction. It streaked by very fast, noticeably bright. It was large and bright and broke into smaller pieces, and five minutes later a sonic boom was felt.

  • Just saw the best shooting star right over at the Rivera area. Super bright. Light up the entire sky!

  • Just checking to see if anyone else's windows rattled around 10:30 Thursday night? Was it an earthquake or another rocket?

    Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

     COMMENT 377347 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 07:46 AM

    We heard and felt it off modoc- what was it?

     

     COMMENT 377355 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 07:56 AM

    Modoc and Las Positas....Jolted me and my dog!

     

     SHOREBIRD agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 07:57 AM

    I heard and felt it at Calle Real and Turnpike. Went to earthquake map but found nothing. Did the earth burp?

     

     COMMENT 377359P agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:00 AM

    I heard and felt it on w. valerio by elings park

     

     KEVSTEELE agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:09 AM

    It was an awesome sight, driving by La Conchita to SB on the 101 - at 10:31pm it streaked in the southern sky over the channel from west to east, growing bright and shedding pieces very fast before exploding. The bright white final trail was about the width of my finger at arms length. I didn't hear the boom (driving). With a 4-5 minute delay in the boom that would put it about 50-60 miles away. As they typically explode 20-30 miles altitude that would put it 40-50 miles south of us or twice as far as Santa Cruz island.

     

     COMMENT 377368 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:09 AM

    We heard the same thing near Hope School.

     

     COACH F agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:16 AM

    This is why I love Edhat.

     

     COMMENT 377374 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:21 AM

    What is up with all this stuff falling out of the sky? Something doesn't seem to be right with the amount of sightings witnessed recently.

     

     COMMENT 377376P agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:24 AM

    Shook the windows in West Downtown.

     

     COMMENT 377377 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:29 AM

    REPENT NOW! The end is near.

     

     COMMENT 377378 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:31 AM

    I saw it while walking my dog in San Roque--she had just finished chasing a coyote. It streaked more down than across, a little from upper left to lower right looking south. At the end it was really bright--I thought it briefly outshone the moon. I did not hear a report from it, but wasn't paying attention 4-5 minutes later--if kevsteele is accurate.

    Must be end times. Even the pope is bailing out.

     

     COMMENT 377379 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:33 AM

    The L.A. TV stations had reports of another large meteor along the coast on their 11pm newscasts.

    Probably what you all heard or saw.

     

     KEVSTEELE agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 08:42 AM

    I said "west to east" I meant east to west…

    there are a half dozen reports from LA to Sacramento on this site: http://www.amsmeteors.org/fireball_report/?
    report_status=pending

     

     ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:01 AM

    I totally heard it (Lane Farms area)! I went to edhat for about an hour after to see if anyone else heard, or if something happened. I was actually waiting for sirens.

     

     DARYL agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:11 AM

    One of the original posters here. I heard the boom, but missed seeing the fireball. Darn!!! I would love to have seen it.

    The speed of sound varies with altitude (air density), but if you use the old "five seconds per mile" rule for counting off the time between a lightning flash and its accompanying thunder, than four or five minutes' lag puts the fireball around 50 to 60 miles away. Not far in astronomical distances!

     

     COMMENT 377403P agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:22 AM

    "Told 'ya so!" said Chicken Little; then Henny Penny added, "Sequestration" to bring the point home.

     

     DARYL agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:24 AM

    http://www.amsmeteors.org/2013/02/large-green-fireball-meteor-spotted-from-california/

     

     COMMENT 377416 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:35 AM

    This excerpt from KNBC-TV: "...Dozens of sky watchers told the American Meteor Society that they saw the fire ball. People in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara posted on the group's website.

    In an email to NBC4 News, Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry said he spotted the object out of his living room window at about 10:35 p.m..."

     

     COMMENT 377419 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:37 AM

    I felt it on the upper eastside and knew it was some sort of sonic boom since we've been having those a lot lately. Feels a little bigger than a UPS truck slamming its doors outside your house.

     

     COMMENT 377439 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 09:56 AM

    At Foothill & La Cumbre - my house shook noticeably with the rumble for 2 or 3 seconds. I was inside, so couldn't see the sky.

     

     COMMENT 377450 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 10:13 AM

    We felt it downtown in the house, thought it was an earthquake but there were no reports, we actually went outside to see what it could possibly be!! Wow! Wish I could have seen that . . . .

     

     COMMENT 377453 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 10:20 AM

    My windows were rattling all evening from the wind, didn't think much of any noise later at night.

     

     COMMENT 377460 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 10:30 AM

    Heard the rumble and the dogs looked up as if to say, "What was that?" Looked outside but saw nothing, I guess I missed the fun.

     

     COMMENT 377469 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 10:42 AM

    Yep! Loud and (could have been) clear!

     

     COMMENT 377510P agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 12:06 PM

    378: Great way for your dog to become a meal----let it chase coyotes until the pack catches and eats it. Poor guardianship.

    Also: It makes me happy that so many people are out at night, enjoying the sights. Wonderful.

     

     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-22 01:34 PM

    I think something is going on that THEY are not telling us..

     

     COMMENT 377760 agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-23 06:44 AM

    My theory is that this one IS related to the meteorite that exploded over Russia. Sometimes, meteors are created by collisions in the asteroid belt. When such a collision occurs there may be more that one piece that is knocked off and is tossed out into a new orbit. As a result there may be many smaller pieces traveling together that happen to be crossing our path on their journey. Look for more of these in coming weeks—not necessarily passing through our part of the sky but stirring up chatter around the world.

     

     UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-23 08:13 AM

    Felt it on the Riviera. Thought someone was knocking on the window. It scared me....we turned on the outside lights and checked the property,but missed the fireball. Shoot!

     

     MESAJIM agree helpful negative off topic

    2013-02-23 12:46 PM

    You people just don't get it, do you? Smart meters are altering the trajectory of space debris! something must be done to stop this before we are all annihilated!

     

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