NASA Scientist: Mystery Boom May Be Meteor

Thursday, May 12, 2011  |  Updated 7:07 AM EDT
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NASA Scientist: Mystery Boom May Be Meteor

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A NASA scientist said a loud boom that rattled Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore might have been caused by a meteor.

Residents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk and other areas reported hearing the boom Tuesday night. Some said it shook their homes.

NASA scientist Joe Zawodny told WAVY-TV that the boom is most consistent with a meteor entering the Earth's atmosphere. He said the boom could be associated with a meteor shower that peaked last week.

Zawodny said an object as small as a golf ball could cause a loud boom if it was traveling fast enough.

Pam Trotter of Virginia Beach told WAVY that the boom felt almost like an earthquake.

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