By MASANOBU HIGASHIYAMA/ Staff Writer
July 2, 2020 at 16:52 JST
A huge fireball was seen tearing across the Kanto region sky at around 2:32 a.m. on July 2, with witnesses reporting on social media that they heard a loud explosion a few minutes later.
The accounts suggest that the sound of the explosion reached the ground, which is extremely rare in the case of an object detonating at such a height described by witnesses.
The unknown object crossed the sky from west to east and minutes later, a loud bang was heard even inside homes, according to Kagaya, who captured video of the event.
“The sound was probably related to the fireball exploding,” said the photographer and planetarium video creator. “It was like a roar, unlike anything I've ever heard before.”
The incident quickly went viral on Japanese social media, with numerous people in the Kanto region posting messages saying they heard something like a distant rumble of thunder.
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