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#368325 - 02/21/10 10:18 PM just heard an felt an explosion  
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belizeonthebeach Offline
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i dont see any fires anywhere--anyone have a clue whats up?

#368331 - 02/21/10 10:57 PM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: belizeonthebeach]  
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i guess only me, gideon and every dog in town felt it(they all barked for ten minutes)

#368333 - 02/21/10 11:21 PM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: belizeonthebeach]  
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Too many beans.....

#368342 - 02/22/10 08:02 AM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: Peter Jones]  
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Space shuttle flew overhead and broke the sound barrier.

#368345 - 02/22/10 08:12 AM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: SimonB]  
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We also heard it and ran outside to see if something blew up. I called around and was told it was the space shuttle. It might have been a tough bump for somebody with PTSS.

#368350 - 02/22/10 09:17 AM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: Diane Campbell]  
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I also heard it around 9:15 and went outside to check it out.

#368356 - 02/22/10 09:55 AM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: JZB]  
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Amanda Syme Offline
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It was the space shuttle returning to earth - safe and sound. Sonic Boom!

#368374 - 02/22/10 12:54 PM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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i am SOOOOO disappointed i missed this!

#368408 - 02/22/10 04:29 PM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: LaraTravelBelize]  
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Many residents on Ambergris Caye may have heard a loud boom and some even claim seeing a bright flash of light across the skies on Sunday night, a little after 9:00pm. Reports indicate that it may have been the sound made by the Space Shuttle Endeavor as it made its way down over the Yucatan Peninsula to the Kennedy Space Center. Read more...

An image of the path of the Endeavor

#368409 - 02/22/10 04:30 PM Re: just heard an felt an explosion [Re: Marty]  
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The space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts returned safely to Earth late last night as it made a rare night time landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending its successful two-week mission.
But to most of us who did not know about the space shuttle landing the event was quite a scare as we were startled to hear the loud sonic boom. Residents who witnessed the ‘deorbit burn’ thought that two planes had collided in mid air and crashed north of Ambergris Caye. Eye witnesses tell Ambergris Today that they saw this plane-like structure engulfed in flames, burning across the sky, moving northward with a long burning tail behind it. Shortly after, the loud sonic boom was heard over San Pedro Town and some residents even reported their house shaking.
Facebook and Twitter posts confirmed that most of Belize heard the shuttle’s re-entry overhead that took place at around 9:30p.m. The sonic boom from the space shuttle was heard as the orbiter re-enters the planet's atmosphere travelling faster than the speed of sound. Because the shuttle's landing flight path takes it over Central America, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Naples area as it cuts across the Florida peninsula en route to Cape Canaveral, Belize residents were able to hear the sonic boom — two distinct claps less than a second apart — about 10 minutes before the shuttle's scheduled landing time. It was quite a spectacle to those who were outdoors and able to witness it.

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