Mystery Booms Heard Across the U.S.

Beginning near midnight on December 4th, unexplained booms and trembling ground was reported in 5 states across the U.S. within a 24-hour span and is still occurring in Georgia.  Extending from Arizona to Rhode Island, this unprecedented and nearly simultaneous series of mystery booms vividly depicts the diagonal stress being asserted across North America.

"Plate movements and spreading Atlantic have positioned the N American continent for what we have long described. A diagonal tear in the New Madrid, a bowing of the continent around San Diego so that Mexico is too far West, an adjustment up the West Coast to relieve the bow. Meanwhile, the entire continent has stress of some kind as this process has already begun but has not manifested in large adjustments, quakes, as yet.

It soon will!" 


Georgia  (Dec 4th, 5th and 6th)

Columbia County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Pam Tucker tells WJBF News Channel 6 there have been several loud booms reported in the county over the last couple of days.

On Tuesday, Tucker tells us there was a distant loud boom reported in the the Pinebrook area off of Hereford Farm Road between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, at 9:07 p.m., a county resident heard a loud rumble and he says his driveway is now lifted up with cracks in in and the road and sidewalks near his home are now cracked.

Then, Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m., a man and his neighbor both heard a loud boom on the 200 block of Louisville Road.

Tucker tells us officials are looking for the cause of the booms and rumbling.

Arizona (Dec 4) -

Jean Swesey was doing homework with her son in Cottonwood when it happened.

"It was a whole series of booms," Swesey said. "Up to six or seven. It was fast, it went loud. We were quiet and then my daughter down the hall screams really loud, ‘Did you hear that?' I sat there for a second and I heard another set."

Swesey wasn't alone. Residents in communities in and around Verde Valley and as far as Flagstaff called 911 or their police and fire departments to report the strange booming sounds.

"It sounded like thunder, but underground," Swesey said. "Like muffled thunder. And all the dogs in the neighborhood, all of them that were outside all started barking at once."

CBS 5 News first received reports of the explosion-like noises shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and began checking with law enforcement and government sources. The U.S. Geological Survey reports no significant earthquake activity in Arizona that could have created the booms.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office had deputies in the area who either heard it or tried to respond to resident calls. They found nothing.

The Sedona Fire District dispatched a crew to check a report of a strange odor, but that was unfounded and may not be related to the sounds.

The Camp Verde Marshal also received a number of phone calls about the booms. Officers found no evidence of any explosions.

But the Verde Valley contains large expanses of uninhabited land. "Maybe when the light comes back they'll find something," said Gary Johnson of Sedona Fire.

Swesey sure hopes so. "It was just, ‘boom-boom-boom-boom-boom all over the Verde Valley."


Texas (Dec 4)

“We started getting calls at 3:09 p.m. (Tuesday),” said Eric Meyers, Navarro County Emergency Coordinator. “The first calls were north of Corsicana in the Hickory Hollow area with two separate residents out there reporting unusual tremors being felt along with a rumbling type of noise.”

“About two hours later, approximately five o’clock, there were additional reports in the same area of heavier tremors, the same vicinity, the same residents,” Meyers said. Another report came from the western part of the county, near Navarro Mills.

After the second round of reports, Meyers posted it on Facebook and suddenly there were more reports, but coming from all over, including Streetman, Purdon, Pursley and Dawson. Some of the reports came from as far away as Freestone and Limestone counties. The line runs about 50 to 60 miles long, and the tremors didn’t act like any other thing except perhaps earthquake booms, which are shallow sometimes undetectable tremors similar to what’s been happening locally.

“This is an unexplained event likely of a natural origin,” Meyers said. “We can’t come up with a point of origin or a cause or explanation of why this is happening.”

“We were trying to determine what was going on, any type of military exercises at a higher level than locally, we worked on this throughout the night and we eliminated everything we could think of and continued to do some through today,” Meyers said.

“We went through the process of elimination on what it could be and ruled out all these different things,” he said. “Whatever it was hasn’t occurred since 4 a.m. Wednesday. It’s unusual, to say the least.”



Alabama (Dec 4) -

At approximately midnight around Gentilly Mobile Home Park, a mysterious loud bang was heard.

Phone calls to The Plainsman office suggested that the bang was heard over a far larger radius than Gentilly Park.

Residents around the area do not seem to believe the sound was a gunshot or fireworks, as the sound was described as far too loud.

Capt. Tom Stofer of the Auburn Police Department said the department received a call about the noise, but after sending officers out to the area could not find a source or evidence of damage.

"We were really never able to indicate where the sound came from," Stofer said. "As far as we know, nothing was reported afterward as being damaged."

Stofer could not offer any possibilities of what caused the sound.

"The source of the noise or sound is really unknown at this time," Stofer said.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


Rhode Island (Dec 4)

Just before midnight on Monday, reports of a loud boom flooded police stations and social media sites alike.

Sources from the Warwick Police Department said they received nearly 100 phone calls reporting a loud noise that some thought was an explosion. Some residents called to say it shook their homes.

On the other side of Narragansett Bay in Barrington, residents also reported the noise, and a few said a flash of light accompanied it.

The calls prompted an initial police and fire search of the areas, and then marine crews took to the waters between Conimicut and Bullocks Point to search for the source of the sound. Senior Chief Jamey Kinney, from the southeast sector of the Unite States Coast Guard, said one of their boats from Castle Hill joined four other local boats to comb Narragansett.

Initially, the Coast Guard made calls to T.F. Green to see if they had any missing planes, but the FAA confirmed all was status quo. They also reached out to National Grid to see if any transformers had exploded, but they, too, confirmed all was well. The Coast Guard then tossed around the idea that the noise could have been a vessel in distress, but Kinney said their foray into the waters was more as a precautionary measure.

“It’s better to respond earlier,” said Kinney.

But there was no vessel, and after combing the waters for an hour and 50 minutes the Coast Guard returned their team to shore empty-handed.

To add to the mystery, residents further reported a low, droning, humming noise coming from the water that began about an hour or so after the initial boom was heard, about the same time crews took to the water to comb for a source.

Some on social media said the hum sounded like a distress signal, while others said it didn’t sound like anything they’d heard coming from the bay before. One person said it sounded like it could be a tugboat. But Kinney said the source of the hum is just as mysterious as whatever caused the initial boom.

Locally, reports of the boom came from local neighborhoods like Buttonwoods, Hoxsie, Conimicut, Lakewood, Edgewood, Warwick Neck, Gaspee and Governor Francis Farms. Other media outlets have reported that the noise was heard as far away as Somerset, Mass. Yet, there were still some residents of those communities that missed the boom altogether.

Though Kinney said, “strange stuff happens all the time,” he has never heard of mysterious boom like this in this area.


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Comment by Howard on May 18, 2013 at 11:15pm

Mysterious Booms Heard Across Pennsylvania County Remain Unexplained (May 13)
Lots of people heard a blast at about 9 p.m. Monday but nobody so far seems to know what caused the sound, which many described as a “massive explosion” heard from Mercer to Sandy Lake and Grove City.

It was louder than anything I ever heard in my life,” said Mike Lasko, who lives along Lamor Road in East Lackawannock Township. “It made me jump two feet in the air.”

The Greenville teacher was on Spruce Drive in Mercer when the sound erupted.

“Everybody came out of their homes wondering what the heck happened.”

The county’s deputy 911 director, Russ Saylor, would like to know what the loud noise was, too, but admits he’s having little luck in finding out.

Saylor said a friend of his son’s asked him Monday evening if he knew anything about a “loud explosion” in the Mercer area. “I called into work and was told that they had received calls from Grove City, Sandy Lake, East Lackawannock Township, all asking what it was. We dispatched the state police, but they weren’t able to find anything,” Saylor said.

He also said he recalls another similar incident years ago. “I remember Frank (Janetti) going out himself looking for what might have caused it. But he never found anything.”

Janetti is the county’s public safety director.

Saylor wasn’t certain how many calls 911 received Monday night, because one incident report was filed rather a separate report for each call. There were no reports of any damage that he knows of, he said.

Cpl. Ronald Shoup, a state police shift supervisor at the Troop D barracks in Jackson Township, said four troopers looked for signs of fire, smoke or people in distress around Mercer but found nothing out of the ordinary.

Tuesday morning, Lasko said, there was speculation around Mercer that gas drilling operations in Mercer County were somehow linked to the sound.

“Everyone knows about it but no one knows what caused it,” he said of the sound. “It’s a big mystery.”

Gas operations didn’t appear to be involved because there were no reports of any environmental damage, said Gary Clark, communication director at the state Department of Environmental Protection office in Meadville.

“Believe me, if somebody spills a gallon of diesel fuel, I hear about it,” he said.

Across the hall, Gordon Buckley, DEP emergency response manager, said they weren’t aware of any problems in Mercer County.

“We operate a 24-hour telephone number and respond to emergencies,” he said. “There’s nothing on it. We had no report of any explosions.”

That includes Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s pumping station along Greenville Road near Fullingmill Road in Jefferson Township. Its 32-inch buried lines are part of El Paso Corp.’s 60-year-old interstate natural-gas pipeline system.

Cory Masson, an employee of Atlas Energy, said well-tenders from his company called him Monday night to ask about the loud noise.

There was a similar thing about three weeks ago, on a Saturday night, right about the same time,” he said. “But I know it wasn’t any of our wells that blew up. I would have heard about that, if that had been the case,” he said.

County Commissioner Chairman John Lechner, who lives in Hermitage, said he wasn’t aware of the noise and didn’t hear any talk about it Tuesday around the courthouse.

Others suggested “exploding targets,” sold to shooting enthusiasts who like to see and hear something blow up.

The targets, sold in stores and online, are made of explosive materials that can be set off by bullets fired from guns as light as .22 caliber rifles or pistols or high-powered rifles that fire far more powerful ammunition.

After getting nine reports of residents hearing the sound from Lamor Road to Greenville Road along the borders of Jefferson and Coolspring Townships, Jeff Lockard, chief of Jefferson Township police, said his department will try to get to the bottom of the unexplained sound.

I’m not ruling out exploding targets, but this boom was bigger than what they could produce,” he said.

We’ve been on these calls more than once in the last couple of years,” Shoup said.


Comment by Howard on May 3, 2013 at 2:57am

Michigan Mystery Booms Remain Unexplained (May 2)

What residents describe as "loud booms" and "explosions"  remain a mystery.

For a couple months, people living in Mt. Morris and surrounding communties report hearing noises.

Mt. Morris resident, Mary White described it, "it's a huge boom a boom you cannot miss it."

She says it's been happening for several months.

"At random times there are huge explosions in the area somewhere to the point where it shakes my house, the pictures and mirrors rattle on the wall," said White.

Brian menerey lives in Mt. Morris.

He says he has also experienced the unexplainable racket during the daytime hours.

"Definitely not gunshots. They sound more like bombs going off or something dropping that's really heavy like a big dumpster just dropping out of the sky or something," said Mt. Morris resident, Brian Menery.

It's literally shaking them up.

"Couple of them you do end up feeling the vibration from them some are really big others aren't as big but still pretty big booms out there."

No one knows where the blast is coming from not even authorities.

Flint Police have dismissed the possibility of the noise being a byproduct of training at a secret location.

Lt. Collin Bernie of the Flint bomb squad says they have not activated any explosives at the site since February 26, 2013.

Meanwhile, it's keeping these residents on the edge of their seats waiting for the next big boom.

"Doesn't really bother me but people who are closer aren't liking the shaking rattling and rolling," said Menery.

"You know it would be nice to know why my house is rattling every week," said White.


Comment by Howard on May 1, 2013 at 5:02am

Southern Idaho Booms Remain Unexplained (Apr 30)

"It's annoying and I actually do feel like the windows are going to break so I kind of get mad. And it upsets my dogs a lot."

The big question is what is causing these rumbling noises? One theory is that they are simply earthquakes. But residents that have experienced both disagree.

"There was no movement of the ground it was just noise. it was indescribable it was not like anything I've ever heard before and I've been in earthquakes in southern California."

One theory is that they are caused by the bombing and sonic booming from the aircraft that take place at Mountain Home Air Force base do during practice exercises.

Byron Schmidt, Mountain Home Air Force Base chief of air space management says, "We're probably not the culprits that are causing this. The sonic boom is a very quick impulse noise that happens on a millisecond timeframe. The rumblings I heard were longer in duration and really would be hard to attach an aviation perspective to that."

And in terms of the bombing range Pilot Randy Webb says they do not use live explosives during training exercises.

"No explosives, only steel and concrete to replicate other weapons. All the live drops happen in Utah or Las Vegas."

So the mystery continues, and for Twin Falls residents there are still more questions than answers.

When it comes to these rumbling instances Southern Idaho is not alone. This same phenomena has been reported in Florida, Wisconsin, New York and North Carolina. And so far there are no definitive answers in those states as well.


Comment by Howard on April 21, 2013 at 9:06pm
Comment by Howard on April 10, 2013 at 2:17am

Mystery booms continue to be reported from Virginia to Michigan during the first week in April.

Loud Boom Leaves Staunton Virginia Residents Befuddled (Apr 8)

Loud Noise Heard Across Harrietta Michigan, No Explanation (Apr 7)

Loud Booms in Coldwater Michigan Still A Mystery (Apr 3)

Loud Explosion in Stow Ohio Remains a Mystery (Apr 1)

Comment by Howard on April 4, 2013 at 3:38am

Unexplained Loud Booms in Michigan & Ohio (Apr 3)
The calls started to flood into the Branch County 911 Center around midnight.  Each one reporting deafening loud booms and everyone believed the boom happened somewhere close.

"We just heard a really loud bang outside our house and me and my kids are really scared, I don't know what it is and now we're afraid to outside," says one caller.

"I didn't see anything but I heard a big was like a big boom like someone was kicking in the door," says another caller.

It was the talk of the town in Union City Wednesday, everyone with their own theories on what caused it.

"It sounded like a cannon going off is the only way I can describe it, kind of like a thunder boom but it was only the one time," says Michelle Reincke who lives in Union City.

And adding to the mystery, this is not the first time.  One night last may the booms woke people up in Branch County and were heard all the way to Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.

"It's the same time as last year, we had these loud crashing noises like either an explosion or a sonic boom kind of an earthquake," says Cynthia Shattuck.

There were no earthquakes recorded in the area overnight, the National Guard base in Battle Creek says there were no flights there last night.

Mysterious Booms Reported Near Union Lake, Michigan (Apr 4)

Those in western Branch County who were awake around midnigt Wednesday may have experienced rattling windows and shaking houses.

Local authorities received several calls from residents at Matteson Lake and in areas as far away as Union City reporting a loud noise that sounded like an explosion.

The very loud, strong sonic booms caused 30 to 40 reports to the 911 center according to one dispatcher, some of which were transferred from Calhoun County dispatch.

One woman on Union Lake said the noise was so loud "it was shaking our house." Callers said the sound came from the southwest.

Sandra Batterson of Union City reported, "Basically it knocked me out of my chair. It was real loud and sounded real close."

Michigan State Police and officers from the Branch County Sheriff's Office were sent to the area to check out the reports. No signs of blasts, fire or flames were found.

Another man at Union Lake thought someone was trying to kick in his back door. His wife said, "I heard a big boom."

Several people reported hearing smaller booms earlier before the larger boom.

The calls were similar to reports from the same area in May 2012. There was some speculation sonic booms from military aircraft caused the noise.

The 110th Air National Guard Wing flies small, commercial-type jets from W.K. Kellogg base in Battle Creek, confirmed they had no planes in the air that night. The tower there is not manned at the hour the calls came in.

"There were no planes we know of" under the base's supervision in the area according to regional air traffic control.


Loud Booms Addressed at Ohio Town Council Meeting (Apr 3)

Resident Ralph Furhman raised concerns during a regular Russells Point Village Council meeting Monday over loud late-night explosions heard around the village over recent months.

The unexplained explosions have rattled windows of nearby residences and tend to emanate from the southwest section of the village.

Chief Joe Freyhof said the police department is investigating and would like anyone with any information to contact them at 843-2245.

Comment by Howard on March 21, 2013 at 3:50am

Mysterious Boom Heard Across Southern Illinois Has Residents Puzzled (Mar 17)

The source of the noise is unknown and, according to some, has been recurring for the past several weeks.

Loud and mysterious booms are being heard and felt around the region for more than a month.  An official explanation has not been given, leaving residents baffled. Wanting answers, many have turned to their local media.

“The first time I heard it, I waited to hear sirens. I dismissed it assuming I would find out what happened later on the news,” said Lori Wharton Libby. An accident was not to blame for the noise that day nor was anything on the news regarding what she heard.

Libby, who is a secretary for Cornerstone Community Church, started a thread on the WSIL News 3 Facebook wall asking for answers. Her inquiry resulted in more than 200 comments from people who have also heard and felt the noise.

Many have experienced it frequently over the past several weeks.

“We tried to put the facts together,” said Libby. “We knew it wasn’t a gun or cannon. The noise is loud enough to scare our dog under the bed. People from as far east as Harrisburg and north of Mt. Vernon have heard and felt the same noise that I described.”

Further investigation finds these unidentified noises are taking place all over the country. Around the beginning of January people from Utah, Massachusetts, Alaska, Tennessee,  Indiana and Florida have been contacting their local authorities and news media outlets regarding unexplained loud booms.

Southern Illinois and others in the tri-state area began reporting these loud noises as early as January 9.


Comment by Howard on March 17, 2013 at 5:15pm

Mysterious Booms Across U.S. Remain Unexplained (Mar 16)

It was about midnight on a night last week when Randy Smith took his dog outside and for the third time this year, heard the mysterious booms.

“Three times in a row I heard it,” Smith said. “It sounds as loud as a sonic boom. Maybe louder. As soon as it goes off, the dog starts growling and gets startled.”

Smith and his father, Laverne Smith, live at 748 Lewiston Rd. (Route 77) in the New York town of Alabama and have been hearing the booms for nearly two years now.

They cannot pinpoint the source of the noise.

“You can’t tell what direction it’s coming from,” Laverne Smith, 76, said. “The last good weather we had I was out near the shed and heard it.”

Last year they heard the booms about 10 times, sometimes during the day and sometimes at night.

“It seems to be just around here,” Randy Smith said. “I asked my sister who lives in Alabama Center and she hasn’t heard it.”

It is a phenomena that has sparked curiosity throughout the country for several years now.

The booms, however, have grown more frequent.

In December, people in Rhode Island, Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma reported hearing unusual booms and explosions.

Newspaper reports revealed no unusual seismic activity in those regions and all the noises have yet to be explained.

In January, hundreds of people in northern Utah called emergency dispatchers reporting booms and shaking of the earth.

Locally, 911 dispatchers in Chautauqua County were inundated with calls on Jan. 13, all reporting hearing a loud boom that shook houses.

A few days later, on Jan. 16, residents in Gorham, Ontario County, reported a series of booms.

“It was just a loud, explosion-like sound,” Janet Koller told the Canandaigua Messenger Post. “We saw nothing. It was dark by then. It was hard to even tell what direction it came from. It shook the house.”

Ontario County sheriff’s officials said several people called to report the still unexplained booms.

Booms also were reported in Le Roy.

Former Daily News editor Ben Beagle said he was in his living room about 9 p.m. March 9 when he heard “some booms.”

“I thought it was just neighbors, maybe shutting doors or something. Then, about 9:09 p.m., a series of boom-boom-booms that I thought must be thunder.”

He checked the weather radar and all was clear, he said.

Genesee County Senior Dispatcher Gary Diegelman said the county’s 911 system did not receive any reports of booms.

He offered a few possible explanations for booms, at least those heard during the day.

Diegelman said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms often uses stone quarries in Le Roy and Alabama for training and detonating explosives.

“We’ve had them coming in the past few years and they probably make a good-sized blast,” he said. “At night, it’s possible it’s propane cannons they use on farms to scare away animals.”

Those, however, are usually heard during the spring and early summer when crops are planted are in various stages of growth.

Three farmers contacted this week reported they do not use propane cannons and weren’t aware of any local farmers that do, at least at this time of year.

So what’s going on?

Dr. Mark Castner, director of Braun-Ruddick Seismograph Station at Canisius College, told WIVB-TV in Buffalo that booms can be associated with an earthquake, quarry blasts, building implosions or sonic booms.

Seismographic records reported no unusual activity, however, and officials at Niagara Falls Air Reserve have had no aircraft flying in the area during the times of the reported booms.

The Smiths live near National Fuel’s Empire Pipeline for natural gas.

Could that be an explanation?

No, says spokeswoman Karen Merkel.

“I checked and we have no issues with the pipeline, we’re not doing any testing and we have no reported leaks,” she said. “We have nothing going on but we do want to be aware of it.”

The Smiths have no idea what causes the booms around their house.

“It doesn’t sound like gunfire or an explosion,” Randy Smith, 53, said. “It’s huge and it rattles everything in the house. I’ve looked around for lights or aircraft but I never see anything. I wish I could tell you I’ve seen lights for an aircraft but I can’t.”


Comment by Howard on March 16, 2013 at 4:03am

Link summary of strange booms reported in eastern U.S. and Mexico over the past 10 days.

Hawley, Pennsylvania (Mar 5)

Levittown, New Jersey (Mar 9-10)

Warren, New Jersey (Mar 12)

Troutville, Virginia (Mar 12)

Tiverton, Little Compton, Westport Rhode Island (Mar 13)

San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico (Mar 14)

Comment by Howard on March 8, 2013 at 6:31am

Mysterious Loud Noises Concern North Carolina Residents (Mar 6)

911 calls about incredibly loud "BOOMS" have been reported in Bamberg County, Newberry County and Rutherford County North Carolina.

Two nights in a row Devin Webster has heard a mysterious booming sound at his home in Chesnee.

"It rattled the room a little bit and the windows," said Webster.

The same noise boomed through Cowpens and at Barbara Lee's home near Gaffney.

"For me, it felt more like it was vibrating the floors," said Lee.

Neighbors tell 7 On Your Side they don't know what's causing the sound or where it is coming from. They say they just hear it at night around 8:00 or 8:30.

"It's like something is colliding together. Just like a car wreck, but not all the crashing," said Webster.

"We are getting several different calls over a wide range of area," said Robert Brackett with Cherokee County 911. "And it's shaking houses in a wide range of areas. We aren't real sure exactly where it's coming from."

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office isn't sure either.

We're told most of the calls are from homes along Highway 11, near the Cowpens National Battlefield. But Sheriff Steve Mueller says there's no blasting there.

Also a grenade company within the county is too far away to be the culprit. And road construction blasting in Rutherford County is just too far away, according to Sheriff Mueller.

For now, county deputies are treating the calls as noise complaints, and checking for the source of the loud sound.


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