Meteor rattled buildings as it exploded over Vermont: NASA

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Meteor rattled buildings as it exploded over Vermont: NASA

A meteor exploded over northern Vermont on Sunday night — rattling buildings with an energy release the equivalent of 440 pounds of TNT, officials said.

The fireball was spotted by hundreds of witnesses as it zoomed through the atmosphere at 42,000 miles per hour, NASA said in a Facebook post.

The space rock was first seen about 52 miles above Mount Mansfield State Forest before burning out over Orleans County about 33 miles into the sky.

“The space rock fragmented violently, producing a pressure wave that rattled buildings and generated the sound heard by those near the trajectory,” NASA said in its Facebook post.

“A nice little firework, courtesy of Mother Nature,” the agency said.

One observer told WPTZ that he did not hear a peep from the fireball as it whizzed by.

“There was no sound whatsoever,” Al Gregoritsch told the outlet. “I was very excited to see it. It’s a phenomenon I will never forget.”



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