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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR) — CBS 6 News has received hundreds of tips since our story aired about mysterious booms being heard across Central Virginia. Some said the noises were so intense they rattled their homes. Police and firefighters in Colonial Heights were called out to three different parts of the city Sunday after receiving calls about mysterious sounds.
Sgt. Rob Ruxer with Colonial Heights police said dispatchers received at least three calls just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday from citizens in separate areas of the city about a loud noise. “There was a large boom. I thought it was thunder,” Kelsey Barnes of Colonial Heights said. “It kind of shook the house a little bit, but I have no idea what it was.” Officials have not been able to tie the booms to one specific area, but they have been reported for the past several weeks. Residents from from Chester to southern Chesterfield, Colonial Heights and Hopewell have reported hearing the booms.
CBS 6 News checked area surveillance cameras across the city and could not find signs of the boom. With every recurrence, there has been no revelation about what or who is behind them. Colonial Heights Fire Chief A.G. Moore said his department does not have any additional leads about where the noises are coming from or what is causing them. “I think that’s what kind of surprised me the most, is seeing how wide spread this is,” said Moore. “It’s not really confined just to Colonial Heights and Southern Chesterfield County.”
On social media there is a lot of speculation about what could be causing the booms. But CBS 6 has determined the booms are not coming from Fort Lee or Fort Picket. It was not the rock quarry in Dinwiddie or Chesterfield. Additionally, it was not a transformer explosion or a sonic boom. And while some CBS 6 Facebook fans thought it might be a cold-related tremor, the average temperature last week was nearly 40 degrees.
Also happened in London.
Strange stuff, indeed. There seem to be a lot of these mystery booms nowadays. Is it possible that these have always happened but were only reported locally?
Loud booms have also been heard throughout Canada this past week due to the frigid temperatures. It's alot warmer in Virginia but yeah.. www.cbc.ca...
Pure speculation here, but there's probably some heavy construction going on underground.
I figure the couple of hundred million that get to go underground only have another few years to get their caves built right.
Oddly enough Colonial Heights is my home town...I will make a few calls and see what I can find out. I grew up in that area and lived there for about 19-20 years. Never once has anything like this ever happened there in that time...nor have I ever heard anyone mention something like this, and my family has been in the area over 50 years. This has definitely got my attention and I will be following this as much as I can.
Also happened recently in East Yorkshire, UK
People baffled after being awoken by sound 'like single explosion' echoing across East Yorkshire
The Met office are saying that it definitely wasn't thunder, although most of the locals are saying that it was...
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Eta: if anyone has a smartphone it would be awesome if you could get one of the free dB SPL meter apps and see if we can get hard data on levels for different areas if it happens again.edit on 10-1-2014 by RickyD because: (no reason given)