Some people in Terrace, B.C., say they were awoken Thursday morning by some strange, whining and grinding noises echoing off nearby hills for several minutes, prompting a wide range of speculation online about the source.
At least three different people recorded the phenomenon, including Kimberley Wookey, who posted a video on YouTube.
Here is her video (turn the volume down, it’s LOUD)
On Friday afternoon city spokesperson Alisa Thompson said she had a simpler explanation — it was a city worker grinding down the blade on a grader.
“The video, the YouTube video, is actually right around the corner from the arena, and that’s where our employee was doing the straightening.”
People hear these sound amplified due to cloud cover or because it’s nearby. They are also primed to hear these noises and interpret them as something sinister thanks to MUCH mystery mongering on the internet. But our industrial world is FULL of sounds. Yes, it’s strange and annoying but it’s not paranormal. People might pause before making EVERY freakin’ thing about the Apocalypse.
This went around to various paranormal sites as “Holy Shit, they’re back”. No. Calm the f**k down, people. The modern world is a noisy place.
UPDATE (31-Aug-2013) This is getting major coverage on Canada TV. Checking on Twitter, the mystery mongers are out in force saying it’s apocalyptic. Here are some other suggestions I found:
- “trumpets of Biblical proportions”
- electromagnetic sounds
- HAARP (not active)
- Horn of Gondor (my favorite)
- train brakes
and regarding the last one – check out THIS video and don’t tell me this doesn’t happen.
I get really irked at “paranormal” sites and twitter accounts who push ridiculous explanations and scare people. People really do believe these crazy explanations and those who push them on purpose are pretty scummy.
Addition: I updated and rewrote this piece that used to be up on another site that has since dived deep into woo-woo. Now it brings in the new stories.