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Meteor's sonic boom wakes up Sierra Nevada

April 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

SACRAMENTO, April 22 (UPI) -- A meteor streaking across the sky in Northern California Sunday caused a sonic boom heard by a number of people, the National Weather Service said.

Meteorologist Craig Shoemaker said the loud bang heard across a wide area of the Sierra Nevada mountains originated with the Lyrid meteor shower, an annual phenomenon caused by debris from Comet Thatcher, which passes Earth every year.

The event occurred at 8:30 a.m. PDT and sparked calls to police agencies in at least three counties, the Sacramento Bee said.

"It went on for a while," Georgann Wilmont, who lives in the mountains near Sutter Creek, told the Bee. "We heard one big one and then there other rumblings. At first I thought maybe it was an earthquake."

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