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Meteor shower causes loud boom across Northern California

April 22, 2012 |  2:19 pm

A loud boom sounded over much of Northern California early Sunday, the apparent result of an ongoing meteor shower.

A meteor was streaking across the sky when it apparently broke up above the Earth, sending the sound reverberating across the area, said Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento.

The National Weather Service received reports of the sound across Northern California, and even as far south as Orange County, she said.

Though the peak of the shower was Saturday evening, beams of light will likely still be visible for several days.

However, light pollution around large cities such as Los Angeles may make it more difficult to catch a glimpse, Henry said.

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