Rocks from the sky falling over texas. officials are investigating after a possible meteorite struck south Texas this week, causing an explosion that shook residents’ homes.
Cesar Torres, chief of police in Mission, Texas, told reporters Thursday that at 5:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, officials were swamped with reports describing a large explosion and residences trembling. The mission is in south Texas, near the Mexican border.
“It created panic throughout the city,” Torres explained, adding that similar calls were received by other regional law enforcement organizations. As of Thursday morning, there had been no reports of casualties or property damage, according to Torres. They have not also determined the location of any probable collision.
According to NASA, “the object was a meteoroid about two feet in diameter weighing about 1,000 pounds.” according to a statement provided to USA TODAY. “The angle and speed of entry, along with signatures in weather radar imagery, are consistent with other naturally occurring meteorite falls,” NASA said, “are consistent with other naturally occurring meteorite falls.” “Radar and other data indicate that meteorites did reach the ground from this event.” NASA added.
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Rep. Monica De La Cruz, R-Texas, told reporters Thursday that “we are grateful that everyone is safe” and that her office has asked other government officials, including NASA, for more information.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said Wednesday on Twitter that federal officials notified his office that Houston Air Traffic Control “received reports from two aircrafts that they saw a meteorite west of McAllen.” Below you can see the tweet
Was informed by my Federal partners that Houston Air Traffic Control received reports from two aircrafts that they saw a meteorite west of McAllen. Where the exact point of impact is unknown. No reports of any damage in that area has been received. pic.twitter.com/x3MkpL0I4J
— Sheriff Eddie Guerra (@SheriffGuerra) February 16, 2023
Authorities did not immediately confirm the location of the strike. McAllen, Texas, is located around 6 miles west of Mission. The National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas, also tweeted that a gadget it uses to analyze lightning detected a signal Wednesday evening “with no storms around” and that there was a “very good possibility” that something entered the atmosphere.
Meteorites, according to NASA, “cool rapidly and generally are not a risk to the public.” According to the statement issued on Thursday, tiny asteroids reach the atmosphere above the United States “once or twice a year on average” and send meteorites to the ground.
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