Explosion, fireball reported in Nevada, California

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RENO, Nev. — Astronomers say a loud explosion heard across a large swath of Nevada and California on Sunday morning was likely caused by a meteor.

Around 8 a.m. yesterday the explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield areas in California.

Some people in the two states reported seeing a fireball streak across the sky at the same time.

Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere southwest of Reno.

Printed on Monday, April 23, 2012 as: Fireball falling over Nev., Calif. was just a meteor, science says