PRESCOTT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) Residents in northern Arizona were startled by a loud booming noise early Sunday morning. The mysterious noise was heard for miles.
Some residents believed an earthquake shook the area. Others thought something had fallen from the sky. What was that loud noise heard in the area? Right now, authorities don’t know.
Reports of the booming noise came pouring into the Arizona’s Family newsroom about a loud boom heard in the Prescott Valley area around 7:20 a.m.
Authorities in the area say they received many reports of the noise. Corporal Hepperle with the Prescott Valley Police Department said their office got a lot of calls about the booming sound. “No damage was reported,” said Hepperle. But with nothing specific to investigate, they are taking reports only at this time. They still don’t have any idea where the booming sound was generated.
Officials with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office say they are checking into the source of the noise.
Prescott Valley resident, Travis Robert was enjoying a cup of coffee when he heard the explosion, “It shook my house and caused all the neighborhood dogs to start barking.”
People from all over the state reported seeing something in the sky when the sound was heard.
Scottsdale resident Joe Faranda saw something streaking across the sky about the same time the sound was reported in the northern part of the state. "I was looking out the north windows of my house at about 7:26 a.m. and saw a bright bluish/green flashing and flaming object with a very short smoke trail moving extremely fast, much faster than any aircraft, from the east heading down and west." Faranda says it lasted about 3 seconds.
Another Scottsdale resident, Gerrianne Mitchell, told Arizona's Family that she was walking her dog when, "we saw fireball streak across the sky with some fragmenting. This could be associated with boom heard in Prescott area."
Arizona’s Family is looking into what generated the sound and will provide updates as they become available. If you saw this morning's phenomenon, the American Meteor Society would like to hear from you. You can contact them by visiting their website.