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Mysterious blast rocks rural area

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Darrell Cousineau lives in a rural area in northern Bay County. He said Monday night about 8:30 he was shaken by something that felt and sound like an explosion.

"I actually thought something had fallen – a tree limb on the roof," Cousineau said.

He went outside and there was nothing there. No evidence of any natural disaster or anything out of the ordinary.

"Pretty good size boom and, uh, shook the chair I was sitting in," Cousineau said.

Cousineau said he was sitting in his kitchen last night when he heard the boom.

He wasn't the only one in the area that felt it.

"Oh yeah, it was a lot of concussion," said neighbor Mike Ballard.

Ballard said he heard the blast as well.

"I thought it was something blowing up," Ballard said.

TV5 reached out to local military and law enforcement, but no explosions were reported.

TV5's meteorologist said there was no seismic activity reported to suggest an earthquake.

"These events can happen, you know every year or two they get reported," Mike Murray said.

Murray manages the astronomy and planetarium program at Delta College.  He said the mysterious boom could have been a space object that suddenly disintegrated before hitting the ground.

"In some of those cases they are probably meteoroids that had exploded in mid-air," Murray said.

He said meteoroids are only confirmed through observation and so far people have reported only hearing or feeling the blast, not actually seeing anything.

"But there's no way of knowing if they were meteoroids or if maybe it was some other source," Murray said.

Dozens of others have commented on Facebook about the blast.

Darrell Cousineau said there is no shortage of conspiracy theories.

"I don't think it was an alien, but you never know," Cousineau said.

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