Suspected Meteor 'Explosion' Rocks Cyprus

Witnesses say it shook the ground
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2016 11:29 AM CDT
Suspected Meteor 'Explosion' Rocks Cyprus
A meteor streaks across the sky in Florida during last month's Perseid meteor shower.   (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Officials in Cyprus are baffled by reports that a meteor streaking across the nighttime sky exploded overhead with a thunderous bang. Police say eyewitnesses reported seeing a blue glow emanating from the object that raced over the east Mediterranean island's Troodos mountain range shortly before midnight Thursday, per the AP. "We have yet to confirm that it was in fact a meteorite but it is more than likely that it was," says police spokesman Andreas Angelides, per AFP.

A Cyprus Geological Department official says that there's no indication the object struck the ground and that it probably "exploded in the sky." The police official says numerous reports spoke of "a loud explosion" followed by "the ground shaking." (This YouTube video shows a bright flash.) Authorities are looking for possible remnants of the object. (Read more meteor stories.)

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