An amateur astronomer in the area said he didn’t think it was a meteor. He found no physical traces. Another possibility put forth was that it could
have been methane gas exploding underneath the ice and blowing out the hole. The chances that two methane blow outs in two lakes only four miles apart
would be unheard of, unless, it was some sort of earth crust movement that caused fractures along a line releasing gas. There have been reports of
booms accompanying many of these smaller quakes lately.
It may have been methane explosions, but the way this looks, with recent fireball sightings and loud booms reported, this could have been a fireball
that fragmented into two pieces that crashed through the ice on two different lakes. These are very large holes and imagine the force that would cause
a ripple through 2-foot thick ice.
The next article is about another large exploding meteor with pictures similar looking to that of the Russian fireball. I love the quote towards the
end of this article that says, “People shouldn’t be alarmed because these are common and predictable.” Uh huh. Common and predictable…well,
they should make up their minds…one minute we’re told they are not predictable, but then we’re told they are. If they’re predictable, then
they should be able to start forecasting the great sightings, right?
Exploding meteor seen in South African sky
From SciTech, March 13, 2013
Cape Town - Residents across Cape Town claimed to have sighted a meteorite on Tuesday after what appears to have been a fireball "exploded" in
It is said to have been sighted just after noon. Nicola Loaring, an outreach astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory, said they
had received about four or five reports.
The green and blue light with a white tail that was reported to them appeared to be that of "a fireball, which is a bright meteor".
Over course of the next month, there were sizable events in San Diego, several in the northeastern US, the East Coast from Florida to North Carolina,
England, two separate blazing fireballs over Canada on the same night, New York, the eastern United States witnessed by thousands of people, a couple
more over Florida and the eastern U.S., Norway, New Zealand, northern Colorado, and the list goes on. Check out the SOTT.net site for a better
understanding of how often these major exploding fireball events have become.
A considerable super bolide event exploded over Spain on April 15. The celestial display was caught on camera by an observatory and it was a
breathtaking event witnessed by thousands of people all across the country.
The following is another event whereby the meteor actually stuck a home.
Officials confirm meteorite hit Wolcott, CT home
From WFSB.com, April 24, 2013
Officials at the Yale Peabody Museum confirmed that a meteorite struck a home in Wolcott at the end of last week.
The Wolcott Police Department said local resident Larry Beck called them before 10:30 a.m. Saturday and said a baseball-sized rock crashed through his
Williams Court home the night before.
Beck said the rock caused damage to his roof, copper piping and cracked the ceiling in his kitchen before coming to a stop.
"It sounded like a gunshot but it was louder bang," Beck said. "We looked up and saw the ceiling coming down and broke away the sheet rock in the
Beck reported to police he heard the rock crash through his home Friday at 10:30 p.m., but thought that a joint or rafter had been broken.
The article stated that when Beck checked his attic the following morning, he found a hole in his roof, damage to pipes and the rock. The rock was
broken in half.
“For this to crash through asphalt shingles, the roof, smash copper pipe, crack a ceiling, it was moving very quickly,” said Wolcott police Chief
The news story also reported that there were several witness reports of a loud boom and a light flash over Connecticut on that Friday night around the
same time that the rock crashed through the man’s home. This is only the fourth known space rock to crash through a home or vehicle in the past 60
years. On average there are about five reports per year of bolides making it to the ground where persons find space rocks, but it’s all very rare.
A Space.com article from June 12, 2009 talks about a pebble from space that hit a 14-year old kid in Germany in the head and continued on to bury
itself in the ground below him. Fortunately, the kid was only hurt. The same article shows some other events including the November 30, 1954 Hodges
meteorite. Alabama housewife Ann Hodges was taking a nap on her couch when she was awakened by a 3-pound meteor after it crashed through her roof,
bounced off some furniture and struck her in the hip, causing a large bruise. Another event was in Peekskill, NY, where the piece of a large witnessed
fireball that streaked and exploded over the Eastern United States, struck a lady’s vehicle. She wasn’t in the car at the time. This was on Oct.
9, 1992. The only other incident where a meteor struck a vehicle or home that we know of was on June 21, 1994. The Martin’s were driving in Spain
when a 3-pound space rock crashed through the windshield, bent the steering wheel and ended up in the back seat.
There was another major incident of rocks falling to earth when a fireball the size of a refrigerator exploded over Chicago in 2004. There was a large
flash followed by a huge detonation that awoke residents throughout the city who later collected some of the rocks.
Despite what the skeptics will try to say, having a piece of space rock crash through your home is a very rare occurrence and of course, this happened
just two months after the Russian bolide and during a year of frequent fireball reports. This is some scary stuff and could be the norm in the near
future if this keeps up. Especially with all the sonic booms, light flashes and fireballs every day, it was only a matter of time before one comes
crashing through a home. It’s just another matter of time before it happens again.
What’s really interesting about this meteorite is that just 19 days later, another meteorite was found in another home in Connecticut. When the
homeowners found that meteorite, there was no sound or rattling associated with it, so experts at the Peabody believe that it may be related to the
Wolcott home. This may be from the same fireball, but maybe the other homeowners weren’t home that night in April that it came crashing through
their home. The second piece of space rock was found in a home in Waterbury.
On May 10, another meteor crashed to Earth in Namibia creating panic among the locals. The meteor crashed into a field.
From AllAfrica.com, May 10, 2013
A piece of meteorite, the of a size of a small ball or two human fists put together made such an impact that people within a radius of over 200km
were able to hear the explosive impact, feel the resulting tremor and observe the blinding light that followed as it landed.