A loud “boom” heard in areas of northern Utah was likely a meteorite, 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. The governor of Utah.
Spencer Cox tweeted that his office confirmed it was not related to any seismic activity or military installation.
The Salt Lake City office of the National Weather Service wrote in a tweet that its lightning detection mapper likely picked up the flash from the meteor trail, 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 the noise, which she described as a “loud, deep boom” followed by a few seconds of noise. “I thought I heard something fall in the house. Since then, I’ve searched the house from top to bottom and all I found was a slat of our wooden fence that had fallen, so it’s a relief,” Melling wrote in a Facebook message.
“It sounded similar to the sonic booms I’ve heard before, followed by a brief incident of a low thunder-like sound,” Melling continued. “That booming noise that followed the boom was maybe 3-4 seconds.”