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

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.

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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.

h/t christian


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