Loud “boom” in Northern Utah, probably a meteor

SALT LAKE CITY — A loud “boom” heard in areas of northern Utah was likely a meteor, officials said Saturday.

Reports of the loud noise circulated around 8:30 a.m., with people from Orem to southern Idaho posting that they heard the “boom,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted that his office had confirmed it was unrelated to seismic activity or military installations.

The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service wrote in a tweet that its Lightning Detection Mapper likely caught the meteor’s trail lightning, which officials said appeared to be confirmed by witness video in Roy.

South Salt Lake resident Wendi Melling was walking out the door Saturday morning when she heard what she described as a “loud, low-pitched rumble,” followed by a few seconds of rumbling.

“I thought I heard something fall in the house. I’ve since searched the house from top to bottom and the only thing I found was a picket from our wooden fence that had fallen off, so that’s a relief,” Melling wrote in a Facebook message.

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“It sounded similar to a sonic boom I’ve heard before, followed by a brief burst of noise resembling low thunder,” Melling continued. “This rumbling sound that followed the bang lasted maybe 3-4 seconds.”

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https://www.local10.com/tech/2022/08/13/officials-loud-boom-heard-in-north-utah-likely-a-meteor/ Loud “boom” in Northern Utah, probably a meteor

Sarah Y. Kim

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