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Illinois home flattened, owners hospitalized after overnight 'explosion'

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A home in Washington is flattened and the homeowners sent to the hospital after what authorities are calling an overnight "explosion". It happened in the 24,000 Block of Farmdale Road in rural Washington just before 2:00AM Wednesday morning.

Now neighbors are describing what they saw and heard. "We were woken up about a quarter til 2 with just a loud boom and the whole house shook." Next-door-neighbor, Barbara Slagel, said. Tim and Barbara Slagel live next door to the home. "I said 'What's that?' And he said 'Must be thunder.'"

Slagel said. "But then we waited just a little bit thinking this is a pretty nasty storm and it never thundered again for a couple of minutes...looked over there and the entire house was engulfed in flames."

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"We got a call around 2 o'clock this morning for a house that had exploded we arrived to find the house fully involved in fire." Northern Tazewell Fire Chief Rick Ragan, said.

Chief Ragan tells us the homeowners were outside of the home when they got there. Investigators won't tell us how they were able to get out, but neighbors say the blast blew them out. "They were in bed, they were sleeping, and they were blown out of the house." Tim Slagel said.


Pennsylvania residents abuzz by cause of mystery 'sonic boom'

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Things are certainly booming in Hazleton — the question is, what caused the loud blast heard by many throughout the area? At approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday many residents across the Hazleton area reported experiencing what sounded and felt like a "sonic boom" — rattling windows, and "echoing like an explosion," according to concerned resident Tom Heller.

"I've been hearing people report about it from all over," he said. "McAdoo, Hazleton, Packer Township ... even the Valley." The noise went viral on social media, drawing hypotheses from concerned residents as to what caused such a boom.

"We've haven't gotten any calls or responded to any incidents that were related to any type of boom like that," Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko said. "We've heard people talking about this explosion, but there's nothing that we're sure of, or that we responded to."

While some cite a "sonic boom," "a meteor exploding in atmosphere" or "a high-tension power line breaking," the most popular guess points to the ignition of a methane gas pocket at the site of the Jeanesville mine fire, burning underground in Banks Township.

Many local residents also cite smelling sulfur — something common in methane-related incidents. "I wish we had some answers, but nothing was reported in that region for the past few days," Colleen Connolly of the Department of Environmental Protection told the Standard-Speaker on Sunday evening.


Photographer captures 'space lightning' atop China's highest mountain peak

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On Aug. 13th in China, photographer Phebe Pan was photographing the night sky, hoping to catch a Perseid meteor. Instead, he witnessed a spectacular bolt of "space lightning."

Working atop Shi Keng Kong, the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province, "I was using a fisheye lens to capture as much of the sky as possible," says Pan. "Suddenly we saw a flash of blue and purple ejected from the top of a nearby thundercloud. It just looked like a tree with branches, and grew up very fast. So awesome!"


Loud, mysterious boom rattles through Eton, Australia

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There have been reports of a loud boom at Eton, west of Mackay - but no one seems to know the source.
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Members of the Eton, Qld, Community Noticeboard Facebook page heard a loud bang this afternoon.
A Sutton's Quarries Pty Ltd spokeswoman said the loud noise could be heard at the quarry, but said she didn't know where the sound had come from. "It sounded like something had hit a screen door," she said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Ambulance Services spokespersons said they hadn't attended any incidents in the area today. There has also been no record of seismic activity in the area according to Geoscience Australia.

A Glencore spokesman said there had been a routine blast at Newlands open cut coal mine at about 3.45pm this afternoon. Yet he said the noise would generally travel a kilometre at the best of times - and Newlands is situated near Glenden, about 130km away from Eton.



Loud explosion heard in Tourcoing and Roubaix, France

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Comment: With such a small amount of information it is hard determine what might be the source of these explosions or booms. They might be a result of the increase in fireballs or a sign of some earth changes.

A loud explosion has been heard in the cities of Tourcoing and Roubaix near Lille in northern France, not far from the border with Belgium, local residents say. Only few details were immediately available. (more)

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. local time on Friday when residents in Tourcoing, as well as other places in the area, reported hearing a loud explosion followed by a smaller boom. Scores of witnesses took to social media to write about what they heard.

The blast appears to have happened on a truck carrying gas cylinders, though there was no immediate confirmation from emergency services. There have been no reports of casualties and there are no indications that the incident is linked to terrorism.

The explosion in France was also heard in communities on the Belgian side of the border.

We're working to gather more information about what happened.


Mystery booms continue daily in Sonora, California; town still seeking answers

A mysterious booming noise in a small California town has residents baffled, and has sparked many conspiracy theories.

Every weekday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a thunderous noise rocks through Sonora, California, according to locals.

The cause of the mysterious booms remains a mystery, with local residents pointing to everything from mining operations to aliens.

Glen White, a local teacher and geologist who has researched the sound extensively, told local ABC affiliate KXTV-TV that he thinks the noise comes from bombs and grenades exploding.

White said he believes the explosions come from an Army depot outside of Hawthorne, Nevada, about a hundred miles away from Sonora. There, a private company disposes and dismantles old munitions, White said.

Comment: Only on weekdays? If it's not the munitions depot, what could cause such booms to occur consistently on only five days a week? Sonora isn't the only Californian town with similar experiences: Mystery explosions still plaguing Alhambra, California


Loud explosion reported over north Oxfordshire, UK

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We've had a couple of enquiries from viewers about a loud bang over Oxfordshire on Saturday evening. We're trying to get to the bottom of it but did you hear it?

Becca Myram contacted to say ' Last night, late evening about 9pm there was an incredibly loud bang over north Oxfordshire. I live just outside Banbury on the Stratford on Avon side. 'Bang was like an explosion or whip cracking, I thought something had landed on the conservatory roof but it was just a sound. Was it a sonic boom?'

Well, we're trying to get to the bottom of it- but please leave us a message on our Facebook page if you have the answer!

Comment: Possible overhead comet/asteroid explosion?


Mystery 'sonic boom-like' noises heard in Anglesey, Wales

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Anglesey, Wales
People on the island have reported a number of loud noises in recent days

Mystery surrounds a loud "sonic boom-like" noise heard on Anglesey in recent days. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, a booming sound was reported around Holyhead but there has been no official explanation.

One homeowner even said the noise was so loud that their house shook. There has been no official seismic activity recorded, and officials at RAF Valley say no aircraft have been flying which would create a sonic boom.

At 4.45pm on Thursday, Csirke Szurdok said: "Did anyone hear a very loud boom five minutes ago, and one yesterday same time Holyhead?" Another Holyhead resident said they heard two loud noises.

He said: "I was just sat in the back garden and heard two massive booms. It was loud. Birds went nuts." On Wednesday, another Anglesey resident wrote on Twitter: "Any reports of an earthquake on Anglesey? Heard and felt in Llanfechell about 30 minutes ago."

Kat Kinglsey-Hughes, who lives nearby, replied: "We heard two. The first one we heard was followed by a jet coming in off the coast."


Fire officials searching for source of mysterious boom in Kentucky

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Downtown Frankford, Kentucky.
A report of a low-flying aircraft and a large explosion or boom followed by white smoke last night off Harvieland Road in Bald Knob led emergency responders to conduct an intense search of the area.

This morning, the source of the boom remains a mystery.

The first reports of a loud boom or explosion off O'Nan's Bend in Bald Knob came in at about 40 minutes before sunset Saturday night, according to Franklin County Fire Chief Kevin Hutcherson.

Franklin County firefighters responded to the call and started a search of the area, Hutcherson said, but did not find anything. Another call came in from an off-duty city police officer who reported that the boom sounded like much more than just fireworks, Hutcherson said, so emergency responders stepped up the search effort to include a helicopter from the Lexington Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management.

Hutcherson said the helicopter flew a wide radius over the area twice before the search was terminated after about four and a half hours.

Hutcherson also noted that one of the callers said they saw white smoke in the area of the boom, and he said black smoke is typically what witnesses would see if the explosion involves a petroleum byproduct.


Mystery explosions still plaguing Alhambra, California

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Susan Saunders began hearing the explosions at random hours, day and night, in February at her Alhambra home. The first one came at 3 a.m.

"I thought, 'Somebody's blowing things up,'" said Saunders, 60. "It really lifted my windows."

But she heard it again and again. Her neighbors started hearing it. Police were called. They received 114 calls about the noises since mid-February, according to Chris Paulson, the city's administrative services director. He told the Pasadena Star-News local government agencies did not know what the cause of the sound was.

City officials are baffled; one blast interrupted a city council meeting. "All of a sudden we hear this loud sharp explosion — very quick," Paulson said. "We all flinched and looked around and didn't see smoke or flames or light."

They called Caltech seismologists. But they don't have an answer. "There's nothing seismic that I can see," said Jennifer Andrews, a staff seismologist at Caltech in Pasadena, who was asked by Alhambra city officials to check earthquake data for Feb. 22. "What that phenomenon might be, I don't know. I haven't heard the noises."

The seismograph picks up pressure waves from things like thunder and helicopter sounds. But the Alhambra explosions are baffling. "Whether it's a man-made or natural phenomenon, I don't know," Andrews said. She hopes to learn more by the end of the week.

Comment: Unexplained 'sonic boom type of sounds' shaking Alhambra, California