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'Not a nuke': Loud boom heard and felt it Great Falls, Montana

Loud boom in Great Falls, MT
© KRTV
Although the source of the loud boom that was felt and heard in and around Great Falls on Saturday afternoon has not yet been determined, we do know that is was not the result of an accidental detonation of a nuclear missile from Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Hundreds of people reported hearing the loud boom in all areas of Great Falls and even beyond; there has been speculation that it may have been a military jet breaking the sound barrier, a small earthquake, a meth lab explosion, or possibly even a "frost quake" (see below).

While those are all possible, we are confident in stating that the boom was not caused by a nuclear missile.

Someone used a website that lets people create their own "news articles" for humorous purposes in order to make a bogus article claiming that the boom was caused by an accidental detonation. The article is riddled with typos, poor grammar, and false statements, such as that Air Force personnel "...can be seen walking 56th St, 38th St, and 24th St with Geiger Counters, checking for radiation levels."

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Mysterious light, loud boom startles residents in San Jose, California

Fireball over San Jose, CA
© NBC
A mysterious light in the sky and a loud boom rattled some South Bay neighborhoods late Sunday night.

Hundreds of people who live near Branham High School in South San Jose reported on the community network Nextdoor hearing it Sunday just before midnight.

"You can see this is coming from way over on this side," Dale Johnson said while viewing video of the mystery light. The video posted to a South San Jose Nextdoor page shows a small light travel across the sky for about a minute. Then there's a flash and boom.

"Yeah that doesn't do it justice at all," Johnson said of the audio.


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Loud house-rattling explosions heard in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Loud booms in NJ and PA
© Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ
Delaware River
What caused explosions to be heard all over northwest New Jersey on Sunday night?

The explosions were heard around Warren County and across the river in Northhampton County in Pennsylvania along the Delaware River near the Water Gap around 7:30 p.m.

According to the Upper Mount Bethel Township Facebook page, they were "so strong they shook houses throughout the township and were observed as far away as Allamuchy, NJ."

Portland Pennsylvania Mayor Lance Prator told New Jersey 101.5 the three explosions were "pretty loud but no one really seems to know where they are."

An earlier Facebook post by Prator's municipality had said that according to "reports" the explosion was the result of three controlled explosions at a gun range in Upper Mount Bethel, but the name of the gun range was not disclosed.

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'Weird trumpet sounds' heard in the skies of Antwerp, Belgium

Trumpet sounds in Belgium
© YouTube/Aslan Argunskiy
At 10am on March 5, 2018, YouTube user 'Aslan Argunskiy' uploaded footage of trumpeting sounds he heard in Antwerp, Belgium.


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Strange trumpeting sounds heard in small Swedish town

Trumpeting sounds in Sweden
© YouTube/Johan Svensson
On February 26, 2018, around 7:30 am, YouTube user 'Johan Svensson' recorded trumpeting sounds that lasted about 5 minutes.


Music

Strange sky sounds recorded in Fife, Washington

Strange sounds in Fife, WA
© YouTube/Phjose aRulom
YouTube user 'Phjose aRulom' uploaded a clip of strange sounds coming from the sky in Fife, Washington on February 17, 2018.


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Strange sound heard in the skies of Billingshurst, UK

Strange sounds in Billingshurst, UK
© YouTube/Lee Ahern
YouTube user 'Lee Ahern' reported that the noise occurred around 7:00 am and sounded 'like a wood plainer, but different.'


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Unexplained booms shook New Jersey over 40 years ago

Unexplained booms in NJ 1977
© Asbury Park Press
About 40 years ago, something so violent shook the Jersey Shore that the order was given to evacuate the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey.

The date was Dec. 2, 1977, and to this day and one federal investigation later, no one is absolutely certain what happened.

"Not Earthquake or Sonic Boom: Rumblings, Tremors Unexplained," was the main headline on the front page of the Asbury Park Press the next morning.

Initially, the supersonic Concorde was thought to be the culprit. A little more than a week earlier, the British-French airliner - which could travel twice as fast as the speed of sound - had started transatlantic service into John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.


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Humans can use echolocation just like bats says study

Bats
© Flickr/Shellac
One of the more interesting Marvel superheroes is Daredevil, a character who is blinded as a child, but who is able to sense the world around him because his other senses - most notably his hearing - improve to compensate for his disability.

As it turns out, this super power is more real than you might think. According to a new study from Durham University, there are humans who really can use echolocation, just like a bat, in order to see objects in their path based on sound waves that bounce off them.

While this is a power that, theoretically, many people can develop, at present, most of us don't really have a reason to try. After all, those of us who can see will naturally rely on our eyes rather than attempting to learn echolocation. For some blind people, though, this skill is a fabulous help in everyday life, and it now has some scientific backing which suggests it works.

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'Loud metallic noises' heard in the skies of northern Ontario, Canada

Strange sounds in Ontario
© YouTube/riffguy
On February 21st, YouTube user 'riffguy' published the below video recording of strange sounds "that went on for several hours".