Allegheny County reportedly heard a “loud explosion” on New Years Day, which was later tagged as a “meteor explosion” by the Pennsylvania authorities. However, the agency cleared that there was no confirmation about the incident but is the “most likely explanation at this time.”
The Pittsburg branch of the National Weather Service of United States wrote in a social media post on Saturday evening, “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.”
The agency added, “No confirmation, but this is the most likely explanation at this time.” The body also attached an infographic that explained the phenomenon.
According to reports from The Sun, officials from Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County have launched an investigation into the mystery sounds. Moreover, no thunder, lightning or seismic activity was detected in the area.
Allegheny County in southwest Pennsylvania, an area with reportedly 1.2 million residents, has so far not reported any injuries, damages or threats linked to the January 1 incident.
The mystery incident reportedly created a buzz on social media, where concerned residents of the area shared their experiences.
One Twitter user wrote, “Ringing in 2022 with a possible earthquake in Pittsburgh?? House shook with a deep doom, being reported across the region”, according to reports from The Sun.
Others seemed to connect the incident with the new comedy-drama movie ‘Don’t Look Up!’. One users wrote, “Just heard an explosion in northern butler county 2 mins ago. I think we’re under attack! Haha.”
Another one added, “I’d like to give the Allegheny County meteor explosion props for being a very close second to Hollyweed in terms of “Wait, what?” ways to start a new year.”