Illinoise: All booms are NOT the same

Some assumptions go wrong with this story…

Mysterious ‘boom’ heard across region – News – The Daily American – West Frankfort, IL.

Social media was abuzz this weekend following what is begin described as a “loud boom” that was heard all over Southern Illinois Saturday.

The source of the noise is unknown and, according to some, has been recurring for the past several weeks.

Loud and mysterious booms are being heard and felt around the region. For more than a month, the noise has been compared to a sonic boom, tannerite, shotgun, dynamite or cannon. The theories surrounding the source of the “loud bangs” range from fracking to supersonic jets, meteors and even the end-times. However, an official explanation has not been given, leaving residents baffled. Wanting answers, many have turned to their local media.

The article goes on to say that these noises are occurring all over the country and point to the Earthfiles web site for more information.  To connect booms across the country and attempt to attribute to just one cause is a big mistake. Earthfiles (a messy, credulous site) is not helping matters.

I like that social media has allowed people to share their experience and validate what they heard but the danger is when the interpretation goes off track. Booms are caused by MANY different things that can not always be rooted out. The problem with these booms is that fear-mongerers on certain web sites enjoy speculating that the cause is potentially catastrophic or part of some upcoming supernatural event. Good way to freak people out. Right now, it’s a curious anomaly. Strange noises have always happened and WILL always happen. We don’t have the information to explain everything.

These strange booms are now a 2013 trend. For more go here. Mystery booms continue in New York state

  4 comments for “Illinoise: All booms are NOT the same

  1. Chris Howard
    March 20, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Mystery booms? Really?

    I think we all need to watch what we eat, and get way more exercise. That way we’ll experience the same heart pounding thrill, as we do when we invent “mysteries” to fill our boring lives with some excitement.

    At least with exercise we’ll be doing something benificial for ourselves.

    I’m mean seriously, of all the things to worry about?

    People are silly.

  2. March 21, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    I’ve been to West Frankfort. Not a whole lot to do there. Heck, the “booms” might just be loud bass on somebody’s car. ;-)

  3. Brian
    March 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Oh yeah. Earthfiles. Howe still owes me an apology after I explained how I was sure the drones were fake (The whole CARAT thing)- and she brushed me off, kinda rudely, too. Then it was proven fake, and well- her site shows the amazing drop off in news on it whatsoever.

    Still waiting, Ms. Howe!

    As for the booms- could it somehow be connected with Yellowstone’s supervolcano pushing on plates and stuff? Just a thought.

    • March 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Brian: Re Yellowstone. No. Yellowstone is a hotspot that burns through a continental plate. No booming directly from that but seismic processes around these areas with the sounds does seem plausible.

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