Meteor Lighted Up New England Plus Reports of “Deep Rolling” Boom Sound and Shaking

“Caught it out bedroom window as I was getting into bed. Crazy bright pulsing light through transom window right over headboard.” 

– Ryan B, Portland, Maine

Video frame of falling meteorite near 12:15 AM Eastern on December 12, 2018, over southern Maine.
Video frame of falling meteorite near 12:15 AM Eastern on December 12, 2018, over New England. But what caused the loud “deep rolling” boom and ground shaking — especially in Boothbay Harbor, Maine?

December 13, 2018 Albuquerque, New Mexico – After midnight on December 12, 2018, southern Maine residents in the Portland region from Durham to Boothbay Harbor and York County contacted authorities and local media to report hearing a “deep rolling” boom sound and the ground shaking. Other people from Connecticut to New Hampshire to New Brunswick, Canada, also reported seeing a bright, light green fireball light up the night sky after midnight near 12:15 AM Eastern. Ryan B. in Portland, Maine, tweeted to the Boston Globe that he saw a “crazy bright pulsing light” out his window while climbing into bed. It is not clear if the deep boom and shaking are related to the meteor fall.


Google pointer is on Portland, Maine, and nearby Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Also, “deep rolling” boom and shaking were reported after midnight on December 12, 2018, by southern Maine residents, while several security camera videos captured a bright meteor that lighted up the night sky from Connecticut to New Hampshire across Maine into New Brunswick, Canada. It is not clear if the deep boom and shaking are related to the meteor fall.

WMTW-TV reporter David Charns in Portland, Maine tweeted a security camera video from Durham, Maine, resident Michael Coslet’s that shows darkness turning to bright light back to darkness. Other residents in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, about 60 miles northeast of Portland reported shaking. But the U. S. Geological Survey does not have any seismic data recorded shortly after midnight on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The last small quake that registered was last Sunday morning, December 9th, when a small 1.8 magnitude was reported near Bradly, Maine.  So, what caused the loud “deep rolling” boom and shaking, especially in the Boothbay Harbor region?

Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is about 60 miles northeast of Portland, Maine.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is about 60 miles northeast of Portland, Maine.
Michael Coslet sent WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine, video of a light streaking across his snowy front yard and street in Durham around 12:15 a.m. on December 12, 2018. Video via Michael Coslet.
Michael Coslet sent WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine, video of a light streaking across his snowy front yard and street in Durham, Maine, around 12:15 a.m. on December 12, 2018.


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