On Saturday morning at around 8:30 a.m., a loud boom was heard throughout Northern Utah and Southern Idaho. Those who were outside at the time noticed a rapidly moving object flying through the sky.
KSL.com reports that the most likely theory is that a meteor blew up when it hit the atmosphere, meaning that it didn’t land. Governor Spencer Cox confirmed it wasn’t a military event or an earthquake, bolstering the meteor theory.
According to CBS News, this fly-through happened two days after the annual Perseid Meteor Shower, where as many as 150 to 200 meteors can be seen per hour. With this event coinciding with a full moon, many of the meteors were not seen this year. If it exploded before touching down, it likely dispersed a lot of meteoric rock. The space rock is more valuable than gold so some houses may have received some valuable treasure on Saturday.
There were some videos of the flying object, with Snowbasin Resort getting the best shot of the supposed meteor.
Did you hear that loud boom this morning? Our web cams captured this meteor flying over Snowbasin! ☄️ pic.twitter.com/Dgv0W2Vd4H
— Snowbasin Resort (@SnowbasinResort) August 13, 2022
Looking south west from north Layton. pic.twitter.com/tq4kcA4IQv
— Dallin Webb (@datadallin) August 13, 2022
Of course, when a situation like this arises, the memes arrived shortly after. Wasatch Snow Forecast, the top snow forecaster for skiers in Utah, gave this quality photoshop job of the meteor flying over the Alta Ski Area. Alta then crashed the party, saying it was fake news. To their defense, if that was the size and trajectory of the actual meteor, I’m pretty sure no one would be alive in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area right now.
Reports of a meteor over Northern Utah confirmed on the Alta webcam this morning. pic.twitter.com/mBAIwGQUYe
— Wasatch Snow Forecast (@WasatchSnow) August 13, 2022
For the record: this image of today’s meteor taken from our Mountain Cams page is, in fact, photoshopped. Poorly. https://t.co/5XcHbCehow
— Alta Ski Area (@AltaSkiArea) August 13, 2022