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Loud, unexplained boom startles residents, rattles windows in South Frontenac, Ontario

A loud and still unexplained boom startled South Frontenac residents on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 24.

The boom, first reported at around 8:50 p.m., was heard throughout the county, including Inverary, Sydenham, Glenburnie and Sunbury. Several residents of Rutledge Rd, Railton Rd, Greenfield Rd, Perth Rd, Freeman Rd, Unity Rd, Round Lake and Silverwood Dr reported what was described as "a window rattling explosion".

While South Frontenac fire crews and OPP quickly responded to the reports, they reported nothing visible and were unable to find a cause. Some theorized that a jet may have caused a sonic boom, however no jet noises were reported prior to the sound. Another theory, an earthquake, has not been corroborated by recent seismographic records. There are some unconfirmed reports of a visible meteor streaking across the sky north of Kingston at approximately the same time, however, as well as areas of the GTA and Northern USA.

Some residents jokingly pointed out that the boom coincided with Brad Marchand's goal against the Russians, giving Canada the lead in the World Cup hockey game. The investigation continues. More to come...

Comment: On September 22nd, a meteor fireball shot across Eastern Canada and US night sky

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Sky trumpets: What is the strange noise plaguing Windsor, Canada?

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The mysterious noise that has many around the world baffled has now spread to Windsor, Canada.

It sounds like a trumpet and the bizarre noise is being called both a real-life X-Files and "The Windsor Hum."

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Bad vibrations: U.K. woman living with mysterious noise in her house

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Temple Hill, in Dartford. So far no source has been found.
A Dartford resident has been living with bad vibrations for more than a year - with no explanation to the mysterious noise.

Katherine Turner from Temple Hill first noticed a noise, described as 'low voltage sound waves', in her home in the spring of 2015.

But as winter 2016 beckons, the pensioner is no closer to finding out the source of the noise, which keeps her up at night and forces her out of the house during the day.

When the noise first started, Mrs Turner went to Dartford council to get to the bottom of the noise, which she has described to us.

"It's very strange, it just seems to resonate around the air in the house, it isn't like a hum. It's very difficult to explain."

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Mysterious boom rattles residents of New York City

Already on edge days after two bombings in New York and New Jersey, residents were startled on Wednesday afternoon by an earthshaking boom that thundered across several neighborhoods in Queens and on Long Island.

Many jumped on Twitter to unleash a stream of panicked, anxious questions: Did you hear that? What happened? Had terrorists struck again?

Well, New York, there is good news and bad news. The noise that shook buildings and rattled nerves does not appear to have been caused by terrorism. But no one seems to know what, exactly, was the cause.

Calls flooded into the New York Police Department and the Fire Department, which sent units to investigate the reports in "a ton" of locations, according to a spokesman. Shortly after the first reports, the police tweeted that the noise had been caused by two F-22 military aircraft flying over Queens.


Loud explosion heard over Peterborough, South Lincolnshire, UK

A loud bang, thought to be a sonic boom caused by jets, has been heard over the north of Peterborough and south Lincolnshire this afternoon.

Our journalists have been contacted by a number of members of the public who heard the bang at around 11.30am.

It was heard by people in Stamford, Spalding, Bounre, Deeping, Baston, Langtoft and Werrington and the surrounding area.

RAF Coningsby have said the bang was not caused by one of its Typhoon jets.

More here as we have it....


Mystery boom shakes residents, windows in Missouri

Multiple KOMU viewers across mid-Missouri reported feeling the effects of an explosion Wednesday.

Reports came in from areas including Cole, Moniteau and Morgan counties. A viewer said the explosion shook windows in California and Fortuna.

Capt. John Wheeler of the Cole County Sheriff's Department said he received several calls from people reporting the explosion as a sonic boom.

Wheeler said the explosion could have been from a meteor, but the best explanation would be a sonic boom from an airplane, based on calls the sheriff's department received.

Comment: With such limited 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 exploding in our atmosphere or a sign of some earth changes occuring.


Sudden 'sonic' boom shakes homes, rattles nerves in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
A sudden boom shook homes and rattled nerves for Lake-area residents on Wednesday afternoon, but so far, no one is claiming responsibility.

The incident occurred between 4 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, and Camden County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Scott Hines acknowledged the department's dispatch office received a flurry of phone calls immediately afterward. But Hines said he has no idea what caused the boom.

Many speculated the noise and vibration came from a sonic boom—created by an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. Fort Leonard Wood is only about 40 miles from the Lake of the Ozarks, as the fighter-jet flies, but the base's communications office pointed out that while the National Guard does fly out of there, they only fly A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs", which have a max speed of about 439 miles per hour, far short of the 768 mph needed to break the sound barrier.

No aircraft flying out of Fort Leonard Wood could have caused a sonic boom, the FLW communications office said. The B-2 Stealth Bomber flies out of nearby Whiteman Air Force Base—in fact, the base hosts 20 bombers. But the B-2 only hits Mach 0.95 (630 mph) at top speed.

However, the T-38 Talon training jet flies out of Whiteman, and it can reach Mach 1.3 (858 mph). Could the boom have come from a T-38 training session? A public affairs officer at Whiteman stated, "The aircraft stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base all fly at sub-sonic speeds, so the noise would not have resulted from one of our aircraft."

Could Boeing be the culprit? The company's St. Louis facility focuses on defense, space and security. As of Thursday at close of business, multiple calls to Boeing had not produced any clear information about the matter.


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!"