Mystery Boom Echoes Across 4 States

Pittsfield, Mass( AP)
Pittsfield, Mass( AP)

February 11th, 2002, 7:17 am #1

Mystery Boom Echoes Across 4 States
Astronomer Guesses Meteoroid Caused Commotion

POSTED: 11:46 a.m. EST February 10, 2002
UPDATED: 11:47 a.m. EST February 10, 2002

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Something went boom Saturday, and people in four states are wondering just what it was.

Some people also spotted something in the sky yesterday afternoon.

Calls to emergency officials in western Massachusetts described a fireball, a sonic boom and an explosion.

There were similar reports in Vermont, New York and Connecticut.

The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled out a plane crash. And the National Weather Service said it has no weather-related explanation.

One astronomer guesses a meteoroid was likely the cause for all the commotion.