UPDATE: National Weather Service believes "boom" caused by mete - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: National Weather Service believes "boom" caused by meteor

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Department of Health Alleges Unsafe Practices at McMechen Pain Management Clinic

    Department of Health Alleges Unsafe Practices at McMechen Pain Management Clinic

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:20:59 GMT
    The Ohio Department of Health and the West Virginia Department of Health are encouraging patients of a McMechen pain management clinic to talk with their primary care physician about testing for some infectious diseases following an investigation of the facility by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.
    The Ohio Department of Health and the West Virginia Department of Health are encouraging patients of a McMechen pain management clinic to talk with their primary care physician about testing for some infectious diseases following an investigation of the facility by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.
  • UPDATE: Man shot during fight on Charleston's east end

    UPDATE: Man shot during fight on Charleston's east end

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:10:50 GMT
    A man was shot in the hand during a robbery on Charleston's east end on July 22 at about 10:30 a.m.
    A man was shot in the hand during a robbery on Charleston's east end on July 22 at about 10:30 a.m.
  • UPDATE: Dirty Girl Mud Run scheduled in Charleston, WV now canceled

    UPDATE: Dirty Girl Mud Run scheduled in Charleston, WV now canceled

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:38:13 GMT
    UPDATE: 13 NEWS has learned the Dirty Girl Mud Run has been officially canceled for this weekend in Charleston. 
    UPDATE: 13 NEWS has learned the Dirty Girl Mud Run has been officially canceled for this weekend in Charleston. 
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - UPDATE:  Vincent Perlerin of the American Meteor Society tells 13 News more about the flight path via email:

"It looks like the meteoroid entered the atmosphere 63 miles above Columbia, South Carolina. Moving northwest at 78,000 miles per hour, it finally burned up 52 miles above the Tennessee country side, just north of Chattanooga.  This fireball belongs to a class of meteors called Earthgrazers, which skim along the upper part of the atmosphere before burning up. This one traveled a distance of 290 miles, which is quite rare for a meteor. In general, Fireballs are pretty rare," said Perelin.
----------
We've received calls, emails, Facebook messages and tweets from many of you asking about a loud "boom" across our region.  Many reports indicate that "boom" caused the land to quake.

We started getting reports of the boom around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

We've spoken with 911 dispatchers in Lincoln, Logan and Boone Counties.  Both said the National Weather Service said they believe a meteor passed through the area, creating a sonic boom.  13 News has learned that many of you are reporting seeing a bright flash of light across the sky.

We've received calls from Logan, Boone and Raleigh counties and have even heard reports of the "boom" as far away as Kentucky.  "We hear your reports," said Chief Meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  Our newsroom is checking and we're also looking at things from a weather perspective."

It could be days before we definitely learn what caused the boom; a meteor or a meteorite.  A meteor  is an object that burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.
A meteorite is an object that passes through the Earth's atmosphere and comes in contact with the Earth's surface, according to Meteorologist Bryan Hughes.

No 911 centers we have reached out to report any emergency explosions of any kind. 

New information shows people living in other states also experienced this phenomenon.  For more, click here.