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Meteor allegedly hits the Pittsburgh region, creates a loud 'booming' sound

Joe Mertens

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This past Saturday morning, a loud, unexplainable booming sound could be heard throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Tons of people reported hearing the noise and feeling their homes shaking or hearing their windows rattling.

The National Weather Service (NWS) posted on Twitter saying: "The loud explosion heard over SW PA earlier may have been a meteor explosion. This GOES-16 GLM Total Optical Energy product shows a flash that was not associated with lightning. No confirmation, but this is the most likely explanation at this time."

Some satellite lightning maps reveal a tiny green blip at around 11:30, which lines up with the timing of the boom according to reports. Satellite lightning maps can pick up on meteors, so this lines up with what the NWS reported.

The Carnegie Science Center, located in Pittsburgh, says it is possible that the booming sound was caused by a fireball that burned up and exploded in the atmosphere, which was felt on the ground from a supersonic shockwave.

The NWS has revealed that a meteor shower is expected to show up in the Pittsburgh area from today into Monday and the 'booming' sound may be connected with that.

“In this case, it’s possible that we had a fireball that burned up and our atmosphere exploded,” Mike Hennessy from the Carnegie Science Center said. “Seismic activity was ruled out, as was construction from the airport. Thunder was ruled out because it was a relatively stable storm system going over Pittsburgh today.”

It hasn't been officially confirmed as to whether or not the booming sound was the result of a meteor, but the evidence so far certainly leans towards that conclusion.

You can click the following link to go to the article where the above information was found: https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/01/possible-meteor-explosion-in-pittsburgh-new-years-day/

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