Northwest Louisiana authorities are investigating the source of whatever shook people's residences and businesses about 11:40 p.m. Monday.
The Webster sheriff's office now is entertaining the possibility that it may have been a meteorite, possibly in the Dixie Inn area. There have been a large number of reports stating that they saw something come down instead of something blow up, a spokesman said.
And a woman reported hearing what sounded like debris hit a shop on Bellevue Road in the Dixie Inn area.
If it was a meteorite, that would fall to NASA and the Air Force to investigate. A spokeswoman for Barksdale Air Force Base public affairs said that the installation is investigating and that whatever the source, it didn't originate at the base.
Webster authorities still don't know what it was or where it hit, Sheriff Gary Sexton just said. Thermal-imaging cameras showed nothing off Elmo Burton Loop near Dixie Inn, but helicopters are expected to be in the air this morning to survey the area along U.S. 80 and Interstate 20 for the cause of what caused the ground to shake.
Reports of the shaking came in from Lake Bistineau, Springhill, Sibley and Barksdale Air Force Base.
Sexton earlier said he was driving in the Springhill-Cullen area when he saw two flashes from the south. One report says it shook the Webster Courthouse in Minden.
A resident of the Lake Bistineau area reports that it almost shook their house off its foundation.
A number of reports of a loud boom, shaking, rattling and possible damage -- including broken windows -- in the area west and northwest of Minden have been coming into the National Weather Service office in Shreveport. "I don't have any idea what it was," Mark Murphy said. "A lot of calls have mentioned all kinds of scenarios, but I don't know for sure anything."
No earthquake is being reported in this area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's real-time earthquake map.
And a Calumet spokesman says windows shook in the Cypress Lake area, north Bossier Parish and western Webster Parish and that the source is not the company's facility in Cotton Valley nor is it the Princeton location.
This is a little bit exciting, because there's speculation across the internet about whether it was a big meteorite, or some other undefined thing.
The mystery is that there was radar imaging apparently, with dust clouds being apparent (but no tail, as would have been expected with a meteorite) yet apparently, whatever it was hasn't been located as yet. I've been watching this for a few hours now, and there've been no developments.
Also, people in that neck of the woods are saying that it's being played down, as it didn't just knowck pictures off walls, as indicated, but actually blew windows out. Whether those comments are true or BS is anyone's guess though.
LA is one of the he nation's dumping ground. It is possible the people heard an exceptionally bad train wreck carrying HAZMAT again? I don't doubt the folks experienced something. God knows the three years we were there (at Ft Polk) plenty a HAZMAT train derailed on the old tracks and the population had to be evacuated....again.
Yep, early 80's, I was there. National news? About what? Some backwater Louisiana? Not back then or any of the many decades prior according to the state's well known reputation.