The consensus is that it was a meteor crashing to earth. Martin Griffith reports for AP via Christian Science Monitor:
A loud explosion heard across much of Nevada and California on Sunday morning rattled homes and prompted a flood of calls to law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Sierra Nevada, some reporting fireball sightings.
The sound and the light show were likely caused by a meteor that entered Earth’s atmosphere, astronomers said…
Some people reported seeing a brilliant light streak across the sky at the same time. Sightings occurred over roughly a 600-mile line across the two states, including Reno, Elko and North Las Vegas in Nevada, and the San Francisco, Sacramento and Bakersfield areas in California.
Astronomers said they believe the mysterious light was a fireball, which is a very bright meteor. It will take time to determine the path of the fireball and where it broke up, they added…
[continues at AP via Christian Science Monitor]
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