Thursday, 02 January 2020 12:48

Saratoga Sheriff: It Was a Meteor

Illustrated depiction.Not a real meteor. Illustrated depiction.Not a real meteor.

SARATOGA COUNTY — The source of last Sunday night’s “loud explosion that shook homes and lit the sky green" was likely caused by a meteor entering and burning up in the atmosphere, Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said Thursday.  

Statement from Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo:

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office has concluded our investigation into the loud explosion and green flash which occurred in the skies over Saratoga County on Sunday evening.  Although we received over 30 reports of this event on Sunday evening, our social media post of this event has been viewed over 250,000 times and generated over 1,200 comments.  Based on initial reports and the comments posted there are reports of this event from Broadalbin South to Charlton and East to Ballston Spa but no witnesses to the cause of the event or location of the source. 

After discussions with all of our law enforcement partners, government agencies including the FAA, FBI, ATF, National Weather Service and NASA as well as discussions with scientists and scholars it is our determination that the likely cause of the event was a meteor entering and burning up in the atmosphere.  

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