The Baltimore County "mystery blasts" have been an ongoing phenomenon. Apparently centered on Pikesville, MD, a series of deafening, late-night sky
blasts -- accompanied by brilliant flashes of light -- have been scaring the hell out of residents. Yes, there are hundreds of witnesses. Yes, the
police have investigated the phenomenon. And, yes, there is hardcore evidence that this really is happening -- at least one and probably more videos
exist of the phenomenon as it transpires.
The typical skeptics came out of the woodwork, hastening to explain this mystery without actually investigating it. The skeptic explanations
included: pranksters igniting bags of acetylene gas 30 to 40 feet in the air; pranksters sending dynamite aloft with helium balloons; pranksters
firing carbide cannons; some kind of electrical power line arcing effect; methane gas from rotting vegetation; odd atmospheric conditions; military
weapons testing, et cetera, ad nauseum.
However, the only FACTS in this case included: the local police investigated the phenomenon for months, presumably searching for pranksters, without
success; the local light company monitored their power grid and reported no electrical anomalies; there seemed to be no correlation between the blasts
and any specific atmospheric conditions; and the mystery blasts continued unabated.
Today, however, following an extraordinary bit of detective work, local police arrested some fellow on a variety of charges, claiming that the
deafening blasts and light flashes originated from his fourth-floor condominium, of all places. He's currently being held on $1 million bail for
drug and concealed weapons charges, as well as for unlicensed fireworks possession and reckless endangerment.
Funny, though... If this guy was detonating these ear-shattering pyrotechnic devices from the comfort of his condo, why didn't OTHER people in the
condo (on the first, second and third floors) turn this guy in MONTHS ago? Stranger yet, if he was in possession of illegal drugs, weapons and
pyrotechnics, WHY would he draw attention to himself in this way, with explosives from his fourth-floor condominium? For MONTHS on end?
Frankly, this sounds like the Pikesville PD is sweeping the "mystery blast" phenomenon under the rug and covering it with a lowly contraband bust.
It will be very interesting, indeed, to see if the mystery blasts continue, now that a "perp" is in custody.
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[edit on 4/29/2008 by Doc Velocity]