Skip to comments.Large Meteorite Hits Near Columbia CA at 7:55AM, Several Fires Reported
Posted on 04/22/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT by .454Puma
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Somebody call 911!
other eye witnesses:
“We could hear aftershocks for about 3 minutes!”
“Looks like it hit Tuolumne County near Columbia! People are still reporting seeing brown smoke in that area!”
“We are in Glencoe ( Calaveras county ) our house shake”
“South Lake Tahoe- I thought either my propane tank or one of the neighbors exploded. Shook the whole house.”
“Saw the whole thing burn up in the sky right in front of me. I’m at New Melones Reservoir.”
“A friend in So Cal, Corona/Riverside area said he saw it too and it was so close and pretty big in size.”
“It was very loud in the Hwy 50 canyon, shook the house and rumbled for what seemed like a minute after the initial boom.”
Am watching Armageddon on TV right now. I will pay closer attention. ;)
Odd. I would have expected a local FReeper to beat any news service.
A large meteorite?
On Earth Day!
Sounds like it left a good size impact crater, hope it came down away from any well populated area. Is Columbia, CA a town of any size? I don’t recall hearing of it before. Is this well inland, east of Sacramento?
Calaveras CAL FIRE said they received several calls about the lengthy sonic boom and have sent spotter crews out to investigate. Reports of fires in the region came into the department, but Sunday is a permissive burn day, so CAL FIRE is not sure if the fire calls are related to the explosion.
Apparently no known impact crater, explosion was heard from the Bay Area to Tahoe. Meteor was green.
Sounds like the first episode of Smallville.
It was that darned jumping frog.
That guy cracks me up. The perma-tan... the hair, which gets crazier with each episode... the insanity. He’s got it all!
Debris from Comet Thatcher?
There have been multiple sonic booms and explosions, one at 8:30 AM also. Meteorologist attributing to debris from Comet Thatcher and the Lyrid Meteor Shower.
More could be coming, apparently.
It does sound like Smallville, doesn’t it?
Descriptions are exactly like the beginning of the 50’s War of the Worlds movie!
Sort of surreal, isn’t it?
What sort of time lag in this getting out to the rest of the country was there? They’re three hours back from Eastern, so three hours ago this happened?
Maybe they've all escaped CA.
Found this site. The latest meteorite news.
Meteorite report site lists Upland Ca (!)as the locations.
Except for the exploding neighbors, yeah.
“I thought either my propane tank or one of the neighbors exploded.”
Thats like 20 miles from my sister’s house.
Guess I better get on the phone.
Wow, just called my friend up on the mountain above Columbia and she said it landed about two hundred yards from their house. She said they heard the boom but thought it was a sonic boom until they heard on the Radio about the earth hit. Fires burning and the Fire Dept. spotter plane is circling the fire as we speak.
I wonder if it smelled like incense?
No NORAD or NASA warning.
Asteroids have hit Earth before; they will again.
Wow, lots of detailed eyewitness descriptions. Sounds like two difderent events, both unusually large to these people who sound like hobbyist spotters. One white, one green, both brighter than the moon.
Forgot to mention, to impart that much energy it was either a few tons weight or was moving very fast (MV2). Some come in at over 100 Km/sec.
So there actually is an impact crater? I’ve been left with the impression that it, well they, exploded in the atmosphere, from the few news sites and blogs with any information.
It happens occasionally around here. It may happen tonight.
I'm cooking smoked new-mexican style shredded pork with jalapenos, hand-crafted salsa, hand-crafted corn tortillas, pinto beans with smoked ham hock and jalapenos, and spanish style rice.
So an explosion may be on the schedule for tonight. ;)
Beware of the BLOB!!!!!
Beware of the blob, it creeps
And leaps and glides and slides
Across the floor
Right through the door
And all around the wall
A splotch, a blotch
Be careful of the blob
There were three guys vaporized by the heat ray bout 1/2 hour into the movie.
There were three guys vaporized by the heat ray bout 1/2 hour into the movie.
Lyrid meteor shower?
Loud bang a meteor?
Written by Craig Cassidy, The Union DemocratApril 22, 2012 07:56 am
A chunk of meteor flew over the Central Sierra foothills on Sunday morning, rattling windows and nerves from Placerville and Groveland, to Modesto and Reno.
The loud bang was heard about 8 a.m.
It was followed by a shower of phone calls to fire and law enforcement agencies throughout the region.
A national warning system, called NAWAS, a phone-tree connecting law enforcement and other public-safety agencies across the country, had earlier put out a notice regarding meteor sightings, according to a Sheriff’s Office dispatcher in Tuolumne County.
Stefanie Henry, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said meteor sightings were also reported to the state’s version of NAWAS, called CAWAS.
Most were from Southern California, including a big one in Orange County, she said, adding meteor reports came from as far away as the Eastern European republic of Hungary.
The meteors are the product of the Lyrid meteor shower.
The Earth passes though it each year, and this year’s pass was particularly vivid, Henry said.
In the western U.S., the shower peaked about 5 pm. Saturday, she said.
The meteors are floating space debris left by comet Thatcher, which last passed earth in July 1861.
As comets pass the Earth in their routes around the sun, they shed ice and pieces of rock.
When the Earth makes its annual circle around the sun, it collides with the space junk.
Meteors typically vaporize when they fly at supersonic speed through the Earth’s atmosphere resulting in a bright flash and, in some instaces, a sonic boom like that of a jet fighter.
As of now, Henry said, it doesn’t appear anything reached the ground.
Cal Fire communications officer Maryjo Boon, in Calaveras County, said there was no confirmation that anything hit, though many people thought something must have.
Reports of fires in the Big Hill area of Tuolumne County around the same time were confirmed to be property owners’ private burn piles.
“We received reports of people’s windows rattling and doors coming open,” she said, adding that calls came from Mountain Ranch, Groveland, Tuttetown and Phoenix Lake.
One witness in Arnold told The Democrat that trees were briefly swept from west to east.
Another said she was knocked off her feet.
“I was walking down the stairs in the garage when the whatever happened,” said Arnold’s Erin Girard-Hudson.
“It knocked me off my feet and was shaking the house,” she said, adding her daughter, Elsie, 2, was crying. “It sounded like it was next door.”
Taunya Day Struhs, of Pine Grove, Amador County, was rattled as well.
“Our windows vibrated, we were stymied as to what it was. So bizarre,” she said by email.
Jasmin Yager, of Salida, who just turned 6, actually saw the meteor’s bright flash when she was outside.
“She said she saw a big beautiful bird. It was a red one with lots of rainbows,” said mother, Monica Yager.
“My husband and I were literally having coffee and donuts... We were like, ‘Oh, OK honey.’ “
Scott Bright, of Placeville, said the sound seemed to come from the west.
“It started to rumble then it built incredible energy like direct hit thunder bolt, then staged-rocket sounds across the sky. In 53 seconds, it was gone,” he said. “It was the loudest thing I ever heard. It screamed across the sky thousands of miles per hour,” he said.
“We’re lucky it didn’t hit. ... When it happens, you better call the friends you love. I thought we were gone.”
Union Democrat reporter Sean Janssen contributed to this report.
Did it come in over San Francisco? Did anyone hear a voice from the sky? “Missed it by THAT much...”
That weird looking guy with the far out hair doo on Ancient Aliens, I have had it with him and that show. Everything that has ever happened good or bad from the beginning of time is because of “extra terrestrials”! I remain unconvinced! LOL!
Perhaps you meant to reply to the aurhor of the thread hadline and not me?
Many of the alien believers have made the aliens into their saving gods. They talk to the ufo’s they see and think the “ships” respond to them by blinking or moving. It’s different.
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