Witnesses Speculate Blast near Quebec Likely to be a Meteor

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Residents surrounding the area including West Montreal to Cornwall, Ont., and upstate New York have reported to have heard the sound of a massive explosion at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, although there were no immediate reports of any structural damage on the ground. Early and unofficial speculations claim that the boom was caused by cosmos.

A spokesman with the Montreal Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Andrew Fazekas, stated that “people are reporting a blue flash of light that lasted a couple of seconds and then a loud booming sound. This has the hallmark of a meteor blast.” He added that “it could be anywhere from the size of a living room sofa to the size of a car,” asserting that “these stones can be travelling at speeds of up to 50 to 60,000 km per hour when they collide with the atmosphere of earth and at those speeds you would hear a sonic boom as it’s zipping across the overhead sky.”

Authorities in the Quebec towns of Hudson and St-Lazare, along with Surêté du Québec, were all baffled by the infrequent incident that took place on Tuesday evening. A curious Twitter user, Kalina Laframboise, wrote that “no one seems to know what it is exactly but a friend described it as a bright blue flash in the sky followed by the sound.” Another, Greg Patterson, alleged that “it’s been heard all over the region but no details,” adding that “my opinion is that it was a meteor hitting the atmosphere with sonic boom.”

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