Mystery explosions rattle Indiana

More booms, now in Indiana.

Something definitely going ‘boom’ in the night

Local residents, mostly on Evansville’s East Side and in Warrick County including Boonville, started reporting the mysterious sounds late Monday night. Additional reports of similar noises were also logged Tuesday night.

Caleb Donahoo, 24, said he has heard the booms each night at his home, which is in the Lynch-Green River roads area, with Monday night definitely being the loudest.

“The first night, it was about 11:45-ish. That was the loudest one we’ve heard so far. I was asleep, and it woke me up. It rattled the windows and the house and everything,” Donahoo said Wednesday evening.

The incidents have spawned much speculation on social media, with theories ranging from a blown power transformer to a meth explosion or a sonic boom from some sort of aircraft, but so far nothing has been conclusive about the sounds’ origins.

The piece says that various authorities have been contacted, including the geological survey, to try to determine a source for the sounds but have not come up with any answers. As we noted in these many stories about boom sounds, there could be MANY explanations and they are hard to pin down. Many remain unexplained simply because there is not enough information to get to a conclusion.

Note the map below. There are lots of shallow quakes here. That is a possibility. See this story about OK booms.

Screenshot of shallow earthquakes in Indiana

Seismicity Map: 1973 to Present.

Indiana Seismicity Map 1973 to Present.

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  2 comments for “Mystery explosions rattle Indiana

  1. D. Walker
    January 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    If there is an increase in the number of incidents just lately, I wonder if at least some of the events might be caused from home made explosives. I don’t have any evidence of such a thing, but there are a lot of crazy/violent people in America.

    • M
      January 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      It’s more likely that things make being booms every so often, but we just didn’t hear about it. But then a few stories about such events got popular and now they’re reported as news.

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