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Multiple witnesses said they saw flashes of light that preceded the booms. But a spokesman for the National Weather Service said earlier this week there were no thunderstorm systems in the Baraboo area that morning.
Fritz Kruse, a lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City, Kan., said there is another possible explanation: a bolt from the blue.
That’s where activity from one thunderstorm produces a lightning strike in an area up to 40 miles away. During the Bara-booms, there was a thunderstorm system to the city’s southwest headed toward Dodgeville.
A Baraboo police officer who was parked on the 800 block of Eighth Street saw the first flash and boom, and said the flash appeared to his southwest.