Sonic Boom May Be A Fireball
BRONSON - Numerous calls were made to the sheriffs office of various counties in the North Central Florida complaining about one thing last night. A sonic boom that rattled the doors and windows of many peoples' homes. Now where did that sonic boom come from?
Judy Hall from Bronson never thought she'd feel the effects of an aircraft flying feet above the roof of her home. "All of a sudden the noise just started rumbling louder and louder and louder and the house started shaking," she said.
So up close and personal, she thought it was going to hit her house. "And there was a jet coming right over... It went right over those trees. Right at the tree top there," she adds.
Her mother-in-law Margaret Hall, also saw it. She says that even though they do live in a less populated area, used for military maneuvers in the past. The intensity of this plane shook her. She said, "It was awesome! As a matter of fact the tears we're flowing down my face."
The Halls aren't the only ones talking about it. It's a sonic boom that stirred all of North Central Florida. The Alachua County Sheriffs Office contacted Statewide Warning Point and was told that military exercises were responsible for the incident.
Spokesperson, Art Forgey said, "I assume that it was a fighter type jet at a low attitude breaking the sound barrier and hence we have the big boom. I don't think it was anything more sinister than that. I don't buy into the conspiracy theories."
However it appears there is a different explanation. James Albury with the Santa Fe College Planetarium saw exactly what happened. He said, "The people here in the Gainesville region they heard the sonic boom because when i saw the fireball it was visible for quite a while and i even told my wife to get off her cell phone for a second and told her, 'look, look it's a fireball!'
Albury says he saw a meteor. And fireballs like that typically make two to three sonic booms before disappearing into thin air. He adds, "When they enter the atmosphere they are traveling much faster than the speed of sound. On average they can travel as much as 70 miles per second, which is very very fast. So when they enter the atmosphere, of course the particles there can't gather the weight fast enough so it produces the shock wave and that shock wave is interpreted as a sonic boom."
As to the explanation the military gave to law enforcement, they didn't provide any additional information because they claim it's classified.
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