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Mysterious loud booms heard across the world

By T.K. Randall
November 24, 2017 · Comment icon 41 comments

Could the sounds be meteorological in nature ? Image Credit: NASA / Paul A. Newman
The deafening sounds, which have been heard in dozens of locations this year, remain unexplained.
It's a phenomenon that has been reported in countries all across the globe, yet despite widespread efforts to get to the bottom of the mystery, nobody seems to be any closer to finding the answer.

The most recent example, which shook houses and prompted several calls to the police from concerned locals, was reported in the US state of Alabama at around 9pm on Monday night.

Despite investigating the disturbance, authorities were unable to find the source of the sound.
"Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake," the Birmingham Alabamba National Weather Service wrote.

Over the last twelve months, similar incidents have been reported in Lapland in Northern Finland, Swansea in England, the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia and many other locations.

A video featuring examples of the sounds, as well as related news coverage, can be viewed below.

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Comment icon #32 Posted by trevor borocz johnson 7 years ago
Seriously the type of noise they are describing is the same as my firework experiments. When I did the pre cutting method there was a louder snap then thud which means the blast energy gets converted into sound rather then seismic like an earthquake which happened when I buried the explosive. They could be blasting holes for energy.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Area201 7 years ago
I think I figured this out ya'll.  These guys going by the name "wreckx-n-effect" have been driving around all across the country and even globally with their mega bass. The give away clue was "all we want to do is zoom zoom zoom and "boom boom".    
Comment icon #34 Posted by nohands 7 years ago
its boom boom pow haha anyway.. the rumors... its the radiation they say that creates the sound
Comment icon #35 Posted by ChrLzs 7 years ago
Ahem.  Don't you mean Sunday? Anyway, thanks for verifying one of the many causes I posted earlier.  Transformer blast.  Quite common.
Comment icon #36 Posted by trevor borocz johnson 7 years ago
No you guys didn't prove anything in the other thread with your 'off the top of the head science'. Its just an innate denial of something new that I and anyone else would feel. Haven't you ever anything original before?
Comment icon #37 Posted by Timonthy 7 years ago
We used sound logic to dispel your wild ideas. What did you prove?
Comment icon #38 Posted by trevor borocz johnson 7 years ago
more mystery booms heard in Florida today and Arizona a couple days ago.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Maureen_jacobs 7 years ago
Daytona Beach Sonic Booms 120117 1630 i live here and it shook the area pretty much.  Checked the NASA launch schedule, nothing, looked for military aircraft in the area, none to be seen, (clear day yesterday),  911 calls were pouring in.  We had this happen back in August of 2016with no reasonable explanation. who knows?
Comment icon #40 Posted by joc 7 years ago
I think I know. A lot of different people on this thread have experienced a lot of Booms and for a variety of reasons.  Sonic booms...sure.  Transformers blowing up resulting in loss of electricity...of course.   Testing of military weapons...very plausible. And the list of possibilities go on and on... I think it is all of these things.  Sometimes, circumstances are that many similar things happen around the same time.  Then someone says WOW...booms are happening all over the world...what's going on??  And because it goes seems like something BAD is happening. It is just lif... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by trevor borocz johnson 7 years ago
Chrlz can I ask you how many years you've been on these science forums?

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