By Jeff Paul

DALLAS (CBS11) – A mysterious “boom” rattled a North Texas neighborhood and residents have no idea what exactly it was or what it could mean.

Residents in North Oak Cliff said they heard an explosive noise around 8:34 p.m. on Wednesday night. Some reported seeing a flash first, then the loud noise.

Resident Isaac Martinez managed to capture a short video of the event from his security cameras.

“Out of nowhere, just this pow!” said Phillip Washington, who heard the noise from his Kings Highway apartment. “Just this huge explosion.”

Washington was one of many who reported hearing the noise.

“It was without a doubt, the loudest sound that I’ve heard,” said Washington. “You could feel the percussion of the sound.”

Some suspected fireworks or gunfire. A few thought the noise was a bad car wreck.

Others figured a transformer blew up, but no one reported any power outages in the area.

“It was immediately apparent that something had fallen from the sky,” said Ron DiIulio, an astronomer at the University of North Texas.

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DiIulio said the noise was from a sonic boom caused by either a meteorite or some sort of space debris.

“As it’s coming in, it explodes. But as it’s exploding it’s also passing the speed of sound. So that’s what we’re get as it comes in,” said DiIulio.

He said hundreds of tons of meteorites fall every day.

DiIulio said most burn up quickly or are rarely caught on camera.

From what he saw captured in the video, DiIulio estimates whatever entered the Earth’s atmosphere was about the size of a grapefruit.

“They should just consider themselves lucky that they got an experience in life that a lot of people don’t,” said DiIulio. “A true shooting star.”

Having never experienced a fall himself, DiIulio is pretty jealous and hopes folks like Washington made a wish.

“I know! Why didn’t I do that?” said Washington. “I should have wished for something man!”

Comments (22)
  1. If the sound followed the flash as closely as shown in the video, it wasn’t a bolide. It would have been many miles in the sky and the sound would’ve taken roughly seven seconds per mile for the sound to arrive. An astronomer should have known that.

  2. It was one of those energy thiefs trynna hook up to what he thought was 110 volt line that turned out to be a 440 volt line. FAIL.

  3. Happened to me several years ago in northern Ca. at 8:30 ish am. Daylight so no flash but sounded like a 30.06 rifle discharge 20 feet from me. Nope,,,, then looked for evidence of propane explosion…Nope ???? found out later it was a meteor that was seen some 20 miles away. Quite the BOOM tho’!

  4. Vox Veritas says:

    Slow fake news day…

  5. Oxy Acc Balloon bag let off! No meteor. Speed of sound would have been much later if a meteor. This was low level like a man made device.

  6. More Fake News™, from the purveyers of Fake News™, The Media™: The source of the flash was less than a mile (5,280ft) away, as the sound reached the camera position within just about 4 seconds (sound travels at approximately 1 mile every 5 seconds). And no meteor is exploding and breaking the sound barrier at 4,000 feet altitude. Furthermore, video evidence suggests the accompanying flash came from at or near ground level, which places the source within abour 4,000ft from the home from which the video was recorded.

    And this so-called “astronomer” needs to put away his “Senior Citizen Patrol” badge and quit pretending to be a serious scientist.

  7. Bill Smith says:

    My guess would be that was nothing more than a Pole Fuse (Google search it) opening up. We had those on a utility pole at the edge of our last neighborhood. Sometimes after a lot of rainfall, the underground electric lines would short out and the Pole Fuse would blow exactly as shown in the video… Flash-BANG!

  8. Ed Cole says:

    Guess now we know what happened to that missing satellite that was lost Tuesday.

  9. We just found Elon Musk’s missing rocket…

  10. Lilith Whyte says:

    It scared a black man. That’s racist.

  11. That sound was too soon after the flash. Couldn’t have been a meteor. Couldn’t have been a supersonic jet either, as that would have made no flash. Unless there was a thunder storm that night (which hasn’t been reported, so I assume there was no storm), it couldn’t have been lightning.

    After exhausting all possible scientific explanations, I have come to the conclusion that it was supernatural. It may even have been a sign from God.

  12. Ethan Wayne says:

    Obviously a meteor. this happens over and over, and the local news outlets know to use it to drive traffic to their sites by saying it was something unknown. It works pretty well too..

    1. Sorry, Ethan, but you’ve got a lot to learn, as the only thing “obvious” about this is that is was absolutely NOT a meteor.

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