Meteor group investigates W.Va. fireball reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Meteor Society is investigating reports of a fireball in the sky over parts of southern West Virginia.

The society’s website lists eight reported sightings between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Charleston, Huntington, Twilight, Ghent, Peytona, and Wayside.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Merchant tells media outlets that 911 centers in Boone, Raleigh, Logan and Kanawha counties received hundreds of calls reporting a bright light in the sky. He says the callers also reported hearing explosions.

Merchant says the sound was a sonic boom. He says it probably resulted from a meteor breaking up before it hit the ground.

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