On Monday night, SOMETHING happened to alarm residents of Northwest Louisiana. It took days before it was confirmed what it was. In the meantime, online conspiracies erupted.
Northwest Louisiana authorities are investigating the source of whatever shook people’s residences and businesses about 11:40 p.m. Monday.
The Webster sheriff’s office now is entertaining the possibility that it may have been a meteorite, possibly in the Dixie Inn area. There have been a large number of reports stating that they saw something come down instead of something blow up, a spokesman
And a woman reported hearing what sounded like debris hit a shop on Bellevue Road in the Dixie Inn area.
A number of reports of a loud boom, shaking, rattling and possible damage — including broken windows — in the area west and northwest of Minden have been coming into the National Weather Service office in Shreveport.
People claimed to have seen lights. Many thought it was an earthquake.
Then, it was revealed that the source had been found. It was not aerial but terrestrial.
A loud boom and a bright orange flash that shook up a pocket of northwest Louisiana last night (Oct. 15) was due to an underground explosion at the Camp Minden industrial park and National Guard training site, according to the Webster Parish
Despite early reports that the boom may have been caused by a meteor impact, the real cause was an explosion in an underground bunker belonging to a company called Explo, Webster Parish authorities told Life’s Little Mysteries.
No one was injured in the blast.
The Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar captured some images of the plume caused by the explosion. The first image captured by the radar occurred at 11:28 pm cdt, with subsequent images captured at 11:37, 11:47, 11:56 and at 12:06 am cdt. Based on radar analysis, the plume was initially as high as almost 7200 feet above ground level. The sampled radar imagery is very similar to what is usually seen with smoke plumes associated with wildfires, it was more vertical and concentrated as it traversed the area from southeast to northwest at approximately 10 mph. It slowly dissipated after approximately 34 minutes.
But hold on…an Accuweather blogger notes the following
The NWS has confirmed this explanation, but instead of posting an update to their story, they changed it, which is going to whip the conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.
They changed from assuming it was an atmospheric phenomena to that of the known explanation. Don’t know why this is conspiracy fodder. Oh wait…
Regardless, it has an explanation, albeit one that SHOULD get the local residents a bit concerned. The recording fits the scenario explained by the Sheriff’s office. Sure, you can say that something more nefarious occurred. But why cover up a meteor strike? I think this made rounds on conspiracy sites (I don’t go there so, not sure).
There eventually was proof, yesterday, that there was an explosion where they said there was.
Aerial photographs of the flattened munitions bunker, scorched earth, felled trees and overturned rail cars have provided proof that an explosion in an underground bunker at Explo Systems Inc. is the source of the blast that rattled much of Webster Parish late Monday night.
Louisiana State Police and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continue their investigation into an explosion at Camp Minden.
In this piece the NWS confirms it called it “unique atmospheric phenomenon” because it was to them at the time.
So far, Explo Systems, the owner of the bunker, have not made a statement.
Lesson here? Even in the real world with technology and lots of people in the know, sometimes chaos occurs and it takes a bit for the dust to settle and the truth to be revealed. It’s not a good idea to jump to unwarranted conclusions.