Exploding Meteor Reportedly Causes Loud Boom in Pittsburgh

by Megan Molseed

This weekend, a Pennsylvania city experienced something so strange, it feels like a scene straight out of the popular film Don’t Look Up. This comes as an exploding meteor is believed to be the source of some frightening moments within Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County on New Years Day.

It certainly wasn’t a quiet morning for many residents in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as they started their New Year. It was shortly before 11:30 a.m. on the first day of 2022 when an unexpected bang and ground trembles shocked the residents of a Pennsylvania city.

An unusual occurrence, no doubt.

And, National Weather Service officials note that they believe the cause of these unusual New Years Day events was caused by a meteor. One that unexpectedly exploded in the Pittsburgh area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) states they believe this is the cause of the mysterious events. However, they have yet to confirm the source.

However, the NWS officials do confirm data that shows a flash in the area at 11:26 a.m.; the time of the boom.

Was the Unusual Flash An Exploding Meteor?

According to a New Years Day tweet by the National Weather Service, the exploding space rock theory is probably the “most likely explanation at this time.”

“The loud explosion heard over SW PA earlier may have been a meteor explosion,” notes the NWS of the unusual Saturday event.

“This GOES-16 GLM Total Optical Energy product shows a flash that was not associated with lightning,” the tweet continues.

According to the New York Post, suburban Pittsburgh Pennsylvania residents reported feeling their homes shake beneath their feet.

The reports note this happened while a loud bang-like noise shook their homes.

These unusual reports sprung from all across the region. The sound was so loud, according to one Pittsburgh-area resident, that it sounded as if a house had exploded.

“It sounded like a house was exploding,” forty-two-year-old Jill Tarasi notes in a statement.

“I have friends from all over saying they heard it, too,” she continues.

Allegheny Officials Get Multiple Calls Reporting the Unusual Event

According to the Allegheny County Twitter page, area 9-1-1 centers received several reports of a “loud boom, shaking in the South Hills.”

The post was written just half an hour after the event. The post notes that no seismic activity was present at the time of the noise. Nor was there any “thunder/lightning” present in the area.

“At this point, we have no explanation for the reports,” the Allegheny County Twitter page notes. “but agencies are continuing to look.”