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Utah State professor Chris Cokinos said if you do happen to find a meteorite, it belongs to the property owner. You'd need to get permission to remove it, note where you found it, and find an expert to see what they can tell you about it.
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Patrick Wiggins, NASA ambassador to Utah, said a seismologist has contacted him and believes the meteor impacted Utah's west desert.
The seismologist said he triangulated the terminal burst location based on seven Utah seismic stations, and his calculations put it in the general vicinity of Granite Peak in Tooele County, about 30 miles southwest of Dugway.

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Based on the description given by the woman who called him, David McKenzie, associate research professor in Montana State University's physics department, said the asteroid is probably resting somewhere near the Gallatin Mountain Range, which would make it hard to find.
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"I kept looking out the window and saw what looked like a fireball headed south toward Salt Lake City, then things got dark again" - Katie Weaver, of Layton, who saw the meteor streak across the sky about 12:10 a.m. as she was heading west on Antelope Drive.

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Professor David Kieda is chair of the University of Utah's astronomy department. He said the energy of the meteor coming into Earth's atmosphere was so powerful it has to be measured in Terawatts.
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Dugway, Utah

Latitude: 4013'15.79"N, Longitude: 11244'39.88"W


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According to Patrick Wiggins, a NASA ambassador living in Tooele County, the intense light was most likely a bolide meteor, one that becomes a fireball and breaks up.
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