Equivalent to ’30 tons of TNT’: Meteor explodes in Pennsylvania on New Year’s Day..

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On New Year’s Day last Saturday, people in southwestern Pennsylvania heard a loud explosion at around 11:20 a.m. EST.

An initial tweet by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh last Saturday afternoon said that the “most likely explanation at this time” was the loud boom was actually a “meteor explosion.”

People all over Pittsburgh took to social media, saying the boom was incredibly loud and shook their house. Others posted footage capturing the crackling sounds of the explosion.

The National Weather Service Pittsburgh noticed a flash captured by their satellite’s Geostationary Lightning Mapper function in Washington County, a neighboring county of Pittsburgh.

“This flash does not appear to be connected to any lightning activity in the area. One possible explanation is that a meteor exploded at some level above the ground,” said the National Weather Service Pittsburgh in a Saturday post on Facebook.


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