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I was asleep when it all went down Tuesday night. Reports of lights in the sky and loud noises that sounded like explosions being reported from Laurel to Johnson County.
Can I say with 100% certainly what happened? No. But, based on some research, I can give you a pretty good idea.
It looks like the reports started coming in just after 8:30pm. Most folks say it was a bright light and sounded like an explosion.
Here's some video of the phenomenon from viewer Dorsie Allen in Jackson County. She caught it on her security camera:
If you want to see the full 18 second video, click on the link below:
Let's break down the important part of the video frame by frame.
Based on what I've been able to gather, it appears we got to see part of a meteor shower last night. Those were the bright lights being spotted in the sky. As for the loud sounds, or even possibly what sounded like explosions, I believe those were either small impacts from meteorites or more likely, the sound of the fragments breaking the sound barrier as they burned up in the atmosphere.
All in all, it sounds like a pretty cool light show that became the talk of the town. Feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Brandon Robinson WYMT 57 Mountain News) or send me a Twitter message (@wymtbrobinson) if you have any questions.
If we find out anything else for sure about our meteors (or meteorites if any hit the ground), we'll let you know.