Around 9:50pm Friday night residents in Luzerne and Columbia County reported hearing a feeling a loud boom which has not been explained yet.
From Bloomsburg to West Hazleton, people felt their homes rattle from the unknown noise.
Some accounts of the explosion from social media include:
Cheryl O. - Heard it in Hunlock Creek. Shook my front windows. Thought it was thunder.
Matt M. - "Heard it loud and clear shook the windows and floors in berwick"
Angela D. - "Omg I'm in berwick/north center township and my house just shook!"
Angelica P. - "I heard it to, shook my bedroom window, and felt my bed shake, thought it was thunder"
Polly P. - "I live in Nescopeck and our whole house shook!!"
Richard H. - "Guys, it was the sound of my 401K crashing. Sorry to wake y'all."
PJ T. - "A friend from berwick just posted the same thing I heard it at my house in Slocum"
Kevin B. - "i just heard a large explosion and felt it. was off in the distance, i would guess near or around penn state" (W. Hazleton)
Karen S. - "My husband and I just heard a huge boom here about a half hour ago and it was pretty close...and we are 10 miles off of Rt 93....Beaver Twp."
Explanations range from a meteor to a sonic boom from a jet.
NASA lists a series of asteroids being tracked that will make relatively close approaches to Earth, seen below:
Due to NASA's asteroid tracker operating on UTC time, 9:50pm on 3-20-20 local time is actually 1:50am 3-21-20 UTC. According to NASA's tracker, the second asteroid which is estimate to be around 31 feet wide was believed to be closest to Earth at 2am UTC or 10pm local time.
While the trajectory of an asteroid can change, a change of nearly 1 million miles is fairly unlikely.
We'll keep an eye on NASA's announcements and update!
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