Report from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
More than 30 eyewitnesses in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi reported seeing a bright fireball at 8:03 a.m. Wednesday.
This spectacle was soon followed by numerous reports of a loud rumble being heard in Claiborne and the surrounding counties. Geostationary Lightning Mappers observers aboard the GOES 16 and 17 satellites detected several bright flashes associated with the fragmentation of this aircraft, which were first observed 54 miles above the Mississippi River near the town of Alcorn in Mississippi.
The body — thought to be a piece of a 90-pound asteroid — moved southwest at 55,000 miles per hour, cracking into pieces as it descended deeper into Earth’s atmosphere.
It collapsed approximately 34 miles above the swampy area north of Menorca in Louisiana. The fragmentation of this fireball generated energy equivalent to 3 tons of TNT, which created shock waves that spread over the ground, causing spurts and vibrations felt by individuals in the area.
Anna Gesricks contributed to this report.