Last night's "explosion" may have been a meteor

RALEIGH CO., WV (WOAY) – A lot of people in Raleigh County were shaken up Thursday night with what sounded like an explosion.

This reporter felt it around 10:15 in the Prosperity area of Mt. Hope.  There was a quick flash of light, a loud boom and then the house shook.  I must admit, at first I thought a meth lab had exploded or something like that, so I poked my head out the door to look for smoke and listen for sirens.  Others on Facebook thought an old coal mine may have exploded.  But, nothing….

WLOS-TV, the ABC station in Asheville, NC, reported something similar happening last Friday.  There was a huge boom like the one last night, but people living in seven southern states also reported seeing a fireball with that explosion.

You might also remember back in 2013 when a meteor streaked across the sky in Russia.  It reportedly hurt hundreds when the after-shocked blew out windows.

According to, a meteor is just a chuck of space rock that is travelling so fast when it hits the atmosphere it causes an explosion.

The kinetic energy, or energy of motion, of a speeding asteroid is enormous. The Russian meteor entered the atmosphere going 40,000 miles per hour, Bill Cooke, lead for the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. said in a NASA press briefing.

The shock wave from an asteroid’s interaction with the atmosphere heats up the rock, essentially vaporizing it. The hot vapor then rapidly expands in the atmosphere, with explosive results.

It’s just like TNT going off, only with much more energy according to scientists.

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