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Loud boom reported in Yavapai County

Meteor in Yavapai County
Posted at 9:46 AM, Feb 16, 2020

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ — The Yavapai County Sheriff's Department says a meteor streaking through the atmosphere may have caused a loud boom that residents reported hearing Sunday morning.

According to the YCSO's Facebook, the agency started receiving calls about a loud blast, boom or explosion around 7:20 a.m. from all corners of the county.

Deputies were dispatched to patrol their areas for any signs or a possible source, according to authorities.

YCSO said the Federal Aviation Administration did not have any information and Luke Air Force Base had no jet traffic in the air at that time.

Robert Ward, an expert in meteors and meteorites in Prescott, says he knew exactly what caused the sound the moment he heard it.

"I jumped up out of bed. Grabbed my phone. Ran out on the balcony and it was boom,boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom and the house was shaking so I got my camera and the persistent train is right there in the sky so we started videotaping," said Ward.

Ward says the meteor may have been the size of a microwave or refrigerator before breaking up in our atmosphere which is why it made such a loud sound for most in Yavapai County to hear.

If you see a meteor streaking overhead, or hear a loud boom, Ward says you can report it here.