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UPDATE: Meteor potentially causes boom that rattles Salt Lake Valley

Aug 13, 2022, 9:40 AM | Updated: 5:26 pm
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SALT LAKE CITY — A large boom was heard, and felt, by people all over the Salt Lake Valley and beyond on Saturday morning. The intensity of the noise led to many thinking it was an earthquake of some sort. It has since been confirmed that the cause of the boom was a meteor.

A video was captured of a meteor in the sky. The National Weather Service confirmed that the meteor was the cause of the noise. Allegedly, the boom rattled Northern Utah just a minute after this video was recorded.

The meteor is still just the best guess as to what caused the boom. NASA Ambassador for Utah, Patrick Wiggins, tells KSL TV that it sounds like a meteor, and that there is a chance rocks are lying around in Utah. 

Snowbasin Resort tweeted a video of a meteor it spotted this morning, just before the loud boom.

This possible meteor sighting and hit come during the annual Perseid meteor showers, which are set to be at their peak tonight.

With claims of people experiencing the noise from Lehi to Roy, the cause had a lot of people confused. Some speculated that the noise may have come from Hill Air Force Base fighter planes.

The guess isn’t far off. HAFB is known for breaking the sound barrier and sending booms across Utah’s valleys.

Gov. Spencer Cox addressed the ‘boom’ on his Twitter. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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UPDATE: Meteor potentially causes boom that rattles Salt Lake Valley