CM – According to the National Weather Service, meteors are likely to be responsible for the New Years boom in Pittsburgh


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The National Weather Service said the loud bang and shaking of the ground was about Saturday reported by people in a large suburb of Pittsburgh, likely caused by a meteor exploding.

Shannon Hefferan, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Moon Township, reported that lightning bolted on their satellite data around 11:26 a.m. over Washington County was reported.

Hefferan said the weather service theorized that a meteorite event « happened as it fell through the atmosphere ».

Residents in wide areas of Pittsburgh’s suburbs reported a loud bang and shaking floor. Many believed it was caused by an earthquake, though Allegheny County officials early disproved it.

Allegheny County 9-1-1 has received reports of a loud boom, South Hills tremors, and other reports. We confirmed that there was no seismic activity and no thunder / lightning. As of this writing, we have no explanation for the reports, but the agencies are looking further.

In the tweet posted around 1pm, Allegheny County confirmed that although Allegheny County 911 reports of a loud boom from several areas, including the South Hills,.

The social media response to the boom was widespread on Facebook, with residents from Stowe Township, Hampton, Carrick, Avalon, Fox Chapel, Aspinwall and the South Hills. People reported that their houses were shaking, rattling and noisy.

Jill Tarasi, 42, of Hampton said she was concerned about what was causing the noise after learning that seismic activity had been ruled out.

« It sounded like a house was going to explode, » said Tarasi, who was sitting on her couch and working on her laptop. « I have friends from all over the world who say they heard it too. »

Laurel Ryan, 53, of Avalon said she felt and heard popping noises sitting in her living room twice on Saturday morning that she was « Big blows » denoted.

« I was the only one awake (Saturday) and it felt a lot like the earthquake (in California), » said Ryan, who was interviewed prior to the National Weather Service announcement .

Joyce Hanz is the author of Tribune Review. You can contact Joyce at 724-226-7725, [email protected], or on Twitter.

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