The mystery surrounding the loud bang is solved as an amazing webcam photo captures a meteor trail flash after fears of an earthquake

THE mysterious loud boom that shook parts of northern Utah on Saturday morning has apparently been solved as a webcam picked up meteor trail lightning in the area.

Immediate fears from witnesses were that an earthquake had passed through or that military jets were flying by in the area and breaking the sound barrier.

This video from Snowbasin and another from a Utah resident appear to confirm that a meteor did indeed pass by on Saturday, August 13th

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This video from Snowbasin and another from a Utah resident appear to confirm that a meteor did indeed pass by on Saturday, August 13thCredit: AP
The National Weather Service for Salt Lake City picked up this evidence (pictured) of a meteor trail lightning

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The National Weather Service for Salt Lake City picked up this evidence (pictured) of a meteor trail lightningCredit: @NWSSaltLakeCity/instagram

However, the Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah, has managed to capture and confirm a meteor sighting over the state via webcam video.

The resort posted his footage in a tweet with the caption: “Did you hear that loud bang this morning? Our webcams caught this meteor flying over Snowbasin!”

Other Video Posted to Twitter from a Utah resident’s webcam also shows that there is an incredibly visible white streak across the sky followed by the discussed loud pop, almost confirming a meteorite impact.

The roar was strong enough to shake windows and passed through Salt Lake City around 8:30 a.m. MDT on Saturday, August 13.

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It wasn’t just Salt Lake City that took notice, however, with reports pouring in from the Park City, Syracuse and West Valley City areas of Utah, according to FOX13 News.

The event was even detected by ground-based seismographs and classified as an “unconfirmed earthquake or seismic event” by Volcano Discovery.

However, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox was quick to dismiss rumors of earthquakes or military aircraft through a post on Twitter and further supported the meteor theory.

“I heard this during a run in SLC. We have confirmed that it was not an earthquake/earthquake and had nothing to do with our military installations,” he said.

Governor Cox would go on to say that the phenomenon is most likely a meteor falling overhead.

He attached a tweet from Matt Blank from Utahpassing the handle @msbutah on Twitter, explaining that a “high-altitude meteor” likely exploded when it struck Earth’s atmosphere.

The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service would follow with similar findings supporting Governors Cox and Blank’s theory.

she wrote in a separate tweet The Lightning Detection Mapper may have picked up the meteor trail’s lightning bolt, which officials said appeared to be confirmed by witness video, reports the New York Post.

“Meteor theory strengthening for this morning #Boom in #Utah, the two reddish pixels shown over Davis and Morgan counties are from the GOES-17 Lightning Mapper but are not associated with evidence of thunderstorm activity in satellite or radar. Probably the meteor trail/lightning #utwx‘ read the caption from NWS Salt Lake City.

The American Meteor Society’s operations manager, Mike Hankey, also said that this type of boom and reports of fireball sightings are common with meteorite impacts, according to the New York Times.

“If the object is big enough, it will come close enough to the surface to make that sound,” Hankey explained.

“In some cases it’s like a sonic boom; others may witness a puff of air or an explosion in mid-air.”

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NWS Salt Lake City saw the webcam footage from the Roy resident and made it safe to say that a meteorite impact, given the evidence, is far from a confirmed conclusion of the situation.

Now it is further confirmed by the footage of the Sunbasin Resort as well.

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Chris Barrese

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