West Virginia boom remains a mystery (Update: Solved)

People are a bit nervous about mystery booms.

What was that mystery boom? Even dispatchers aren’t sure  – Kanawha County – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia

Kanawha emergency dispatchers were fielding dozens of Tuesday after a loud boom rocked several homes in Charleston and eastern Kanawha County.

Dispatchers began receiving calls a little before 5:30 p.m. from concerned residents wondering about the sound.

People in the Ariel Heights and Falling Run Road areas, both near Oakridge Drive, told dispatchers they heard a loud booming noise and felt their homes shake. Dispatchers said those callers reported their power still was on and they had not seen any smoke.

I checked the earthquake listing and there were NONE recorded on the east coast in the past 7 days. The weather was not conducive to thunder. These things happen and often go unexplained because there is not enough information to go on. Other options are sonic boom from space debris or military aircraft, mine blasting (West Virginia does have underground coal mining), a very shallow earthquake that wasn’t recorded or something else that is unexpected. But just because it’s unexplained does not mean it’s anything to worry about. However, these things do tend to shake people up, especially since they are sensitized to the idea of a meteor blast considering news over the past few weeks.

UPDATE: It was a mine blast. See comments below. Thanks!

  7 comments for “West Virginia boom remains a mystery (Update: Solved)

  1. mxyzptlk
    February 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I’m sure this is probably wrong, but I’d love for the booms to be related to fracking.

  2. February 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Don’t fall in love with an idea that has no good evidence.

  3. RDW
    February 28, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I’d tend to suspect right wing extremists in some of the incidents.

  4. February 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Blowing things up? Hey, not to long ago it was some guy who blew something up in upstate NY. Forgot about that.

  5. nonews
    March 1, 2013 at 12:10 AM


    An explanation published on the 27th

  6. Steve
    March 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    downloaded 2-28-2013
    February 27, 2013
    Routine mine blast blamed for boom heard across county
    By Ken Ward Jr.
    By Travis Crum
    CHARLESTON, W.Va.– A blast at a surface mine near Rush Creek on Tuesday came very close to exceeding state Department of Environmental Protection sound limits, a DEP official said.

    The blast was apparently amplified for miles by weather conditions and led many people across the county to fear an earthquake or another gas line explosion.

    Dave Vande Linde, chief of the state Department of Environmental Protection Office of Explosives and Blasting, believes the sound came from a blast set off as part of normal mining operations at Kingston Industries LLC’s Rush Creek No. 2 Mine south of Charleston.

    Vande Linde said inspectors are continuing to investigate, but believe that they have narrowed the incident to a 5:08 p.m. blast at the 375-acre surface mine.

  7. nonews
    March 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    And I was hoping for the “publicity stunt for Buckwild gone wrong” explanation. dammit

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