More booms happening in Berkeley and central New Jersey. Some are thinking they may be noises from explosives or ammo.
Mysterious, earth-shaking booms have been reported in recent weeks by dozens of Bordentown and Hamilton residents, and authorities are at a loss to explain them.
The most likely culprit, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, says it wasn’t them. While the military base routinely hosts artillery training on weekends and warns residents in advance, the mystery booms have come at odd hours and on weekdays when the range is inactive.
The latest boom jolted residents at 10 p.m. Monday.
On March 19 the noise was heard around 9 p.m. and another series of reports occurred on Tuesday, March 17. Some people believe it could be ground thaw. Most assume it is military testing or sonic booms.
Well we can’t use the frost quake idea in Berkeley California.
For more than a month, residents around Berkeley have wondered online about a recurring nighttime boom that has woken babies, freaked out pets and set off car alarms.
The sound, which has become known on Twitter as the #BerkeleyBoom, has been heard around the city, though it has been concentrated primarily in the southern part of town.
On numerous instances, police have gone out to investigate, but were unable to locate the source and found no indication of a crime.
Curiously, most of the news about mystery booms occurs via Facebook and Twitter. The booms are not being recorded by seismographs leading people to think that fireworks or small explosives are the cause. Most of the incidents have been reported (pun intended) between 8-10 PM and have been logged Feb. 26, and March 3, 15, 17, 25 and 29. What could be strong enough to set off car alarms and rattle windows? Some people have said they saw flashes and smoke trails which suggests explosives.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the location of such sounds especially in populated settings where walls and buildings can reflect the sound.