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A couple of loud booms have caught the attention of area residents. It is not certain what caused the booms but it can be reported that it does not appear to be an earthquake. Amber Wilson, Ardmore Emergency Management Coordinator, contact the Oklahoma Geology Department in Tulsa and was told that no activity had taken place which would lead officials to believe it was an earthquake. Look in the Thursday edition of The Ardmoreite for more details.
Loud booming noises have been reported all across Texoma today. We now know what's behind these booms. A spokesperson for Lockheed Martin tells us the booms were caused by supersonic flight tests being conducted by the company. The flights were authorized by the FAA and are conducted in the corridor that runs from Dallas through Oklahoma.
Columbia County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Pam Tucker tells WJBF News Channle 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.
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. However, the Coast Guard did determine that the strange flashing light reported in Barrington came from a lighthouse.
Those on Facebook came up with these ideas: some thought the noise could have been a small bomb, a gas explosion or a transformer, but police and fire searches quickly ruled out those possibilities. Others suggested it was a meteorite crashing to Earth, but no landing sites have been found, and there were no reports of the water being disrupted by a space rock. Then there were a slew of commentators who suggested an unidentified flying object or aliens caused the noise. One of the more colorful suggestions came from Jason Oneppo who shared this: “It was aliens there [sic] space ship ripped a whole in the space time continuum when they stepped on their breaks to avoid a squirrel while traveling at the speed of light.”
The first one was last Friday, around 1pm. Patch contacted the United States Geological Survey, the group responsible for tracking earthquake activity, but the USGS said no earthquake activity had been reported in our area. A second boom was noticeably audible today, Thursday, also around 1pm. Facebook comments from readers indicate it was felt in many of the same areas as last week's boom.
Originally posted by Philosophile
Fracking perhaps? If these keep occurring at the rate they do, maybe a "Boom Watch 2012" thread might be necessary!
On the 17th, various people saw a flash of light in the sky and an extremely loud boom between 8:30 and 8:50 pm central time. This was in Missouri. A local police department said something about it on Facebook and there was almost 40 comments from people seeing/hearing it in different towns. About 30-60 minutes later, another town claimed to be seeing/hearing the same thing. I didn't see anything but I'm a little further south of all the reporting towns. My brother told the police he had heard a loud boom, louder than fireworks, and saw a flash of light a few days prior. I called my mom about it, and she said she ALSO had heard a loud boom and seen a flash a few days before the 17th. The police decided it was probably the Leonids meteor shower which was supposed to peak for us Saturday morning. I looked it up and I guess that meteor shower was supposed to be really crappy this year. 10-15 per hour and small pieces. Seemed kind of crazy to me.