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Boom that shook Brainerd area possibly a meteor

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) - Meteorologists say a loud boom that shook the Brainerd lakes area in recent days may have been a meteor.

Residents on Friday evening reported seeing flashes of light and hearing booms that caused homes to shake.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Kraujalis says there's been no confirmation of a meteor, but the reports seem consistent with a meteor event. He says there were also reports of meteor sightings the previous night in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

He says if there were a meteor, it may have burned up in the atmosphere, or broken into pieces that haven't been found yet. And the boom could have been a sonic boom, which occurs when an object travels faster than the speed of sound.

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