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Mystery booms plague Fair Oaks residents


Posted on Thursday, 28 March, 2019 | Comment icon 7 comments

Who or what is responsible for the sounds ? Image Credit: PD - Doomych
Loud explosions have been occurring in the middle of the night in northeastern Sacramento for months.
The phenomenon, which is so loud that it rattles windowpanes and activates car alarms, has left many residents in neighborhoods across Fair Oaks frustrated and desperate for answers.

Some have complained that the booms have been waking them up in the middle of the night while others have expressed concerns over their children being frightened by the noise.

The problem has become so widespread that a special Facebook group has been set up for people in the area to get together and report occurrences in an effort to figure out who or what is responsible.

Last weekend, the sheriff's department sent out a helicopter to investigate after receiving multiple reports of loud explosions. It is now believed that illegal fireworks may be to blame for the sounds.

Exactly who is setting them off and why however continues to remain a mystery.

A local news report featuring a recording of the phenomenon can be viewed below.


Source: CBS Local | Comments (7)

Tags: Booms

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Susanc241 on 28 March, 2019, 12:42
A bright light does seem to be seen briefly just before the noise occurs on some of the clips, suggesting something like heavy duty fireworks. Can the time lapse between glow and sound be used to work out distance away? My mathematical skills are abysmal!
Comment icon #2 Posted by RoofGardener on 28 March, 2019, 12:43
Yes it can Susanc241. Very roughly, sound travels at about 330m/second. So if the boom is three seconds behind the flash, then it is about a kilometre away ! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Susanc241 on 28 March, 2019, 13:16
That should narrow down any search area.
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then on 28 March, 2019, 14:28
I recall a technology that was deployed in one of our larger cities (don't recall which one) that used microphones in specific locations that allowed a kind of triangulation to locate where gunshots were emanating from.  Maybe they could try something like that.  I just hope it isn't some nutjob or group of them practicing for "an event" they're planning.  The kind of chaos that could be caused to our power grid with just a few, strategically employed mortars and rifle fire is beyond the imagination.  Our grid is so fragile in that respect that when it does go down to an attack, there are goin... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog on 28 March, 2019, 23:14
Was using pyrotechnic to scare gulls to stop them nesting in an area. Sound and look more or less like that. It was on a industrial site in the middle of Quebec city, the sound was rattling on the buildings everywhere. https://www.margosupplies.com/canada/scare-cartridges-launchers
Comment icon #6 Posted by MissJatti on 29 March, 2019, 7:38
Admiral Boom is still at it.
Comment icon #7 Posted by NCC1701 on 30 March, 2019, 11:05
You can then draw a circle on the map with the distance as the radius. When three people do this the intersection of the circles is the rough location of the explosions.


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