A loud explosion was reported in the southwest suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday morning.
Allegheny County tweeted on Saturday morning that it received several 911 calls to say there had been tremor in the South Hills area.
Although there are theories, Allegheny County officials close to the N.Y.P. said the blast was not caused by an earthquake or lightning.
Residents in south-west Pennsylvania saw New Year’s Eve with a bang when many heard a loud bang and found their houses shaking at about 11.30am on Saturday morning.
Jill Tarasi, 42, said she was sitting on her couch in Hampton while the rise began.
The National Weather Service said the most probable but unconfirmed cause was an explosion of a meteorite.
Meteorologist Shannon Hefferan told the paper a similar bolt of lightning, believed to be a meteorite explosion, was registered in Hardy County, West Virginia, on September 17.
The loud explosion heard over SW PA earlier may have been a meteor explosion. This GOES-16 GLM Total Optical Energy product shows a flash that was not associated with lightning. No confirmation, but this is the most likely explanation at this time. pic.twitter.com/ArtHCEA1RT
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) January 1, 2022
Satellite lightning detection can pick up on meteors. There was a quick event at 11:26am (tiny, green blip), which lines to with the timing of this morning's "boom". This is just an idea, while other possibilities are being researched. pic.twitter.com/XDhCPbHs41
— Ray Petelin (@RayPetelinWx) January 1, 2022
Allegheny County 9-1-1 has received reports of a loud boom, shaking in the South Hills and other reports. We have confirmed that there was no seismic activity and no thunder/lightning. At this point, we have no explanation for the reports, but agencies are continuing to look.
— Allegheny County (@Allegheny_Co) January 1, 2022