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Another Loud, Mysterious Boom — This Time in Athens, Georgia

© 2017 by Linda Moulton Howe

 

“The loud boom is odd. We had some supervisors drive around
and nothing was found. We don’t know what it was.”

- Athens-Clarke Asst. Fire Chief Mark Melvin

 


OnlineAthens Banner-Herald, May 30, 2017: A large boom or explosion heard
early Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2017, across Athens-Clarke and neighboring
counties remains unexplained, police and fire report on Tuesday, May 30th.

Earwitnesses to the Georgia boom or any others recently, please email:
[email protected] All requests for confidentiality are honored.

 

June 1, 2017 Athens-Clarke, Georgia - Since Saturday, May 27th, at 1:26 PM in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia, local police and firefighters have been investigating the cause of a “large, very loud boom/explosion” that seemed at first to be concentrated in resident reports around the Oglethorpe Avenue area near the University of Georgia.


Oglethorpe Avenue is near the University of Georgia northwest of downtown
Athens. Athens is 72 miles northeast of Atlanta.

But later Athens-Clarke Police spokesman Epifanio Rodriquez said, “We got phone calls from all around the Clarke County. It was not one specific area. This is what I was told: the military said they had no planes in the area that would have caused a sonic boom or that type of noise.”

Athens-Clarke Asst. Fire Chief Mark Melvin also reported on May 30th, “The loud boom was felt at Station 3 at Five Points, Station 4 on Oglethorpe Avenue and Station 8 on Jefferson Road. It is odd. We had some supervisors drive around and nothing was found. We don’t know what it was.”

So far, police say they have received no reports about power outages or property damage, there were no thunderstorms in the region and USGS had no seismic record. There was some speculation that it might have been a meteor exploding, but no one has any physical evidence of such a bolide explosion.

 

Other Unexplained Loud Booms Shook 5
Georgia Counties At Once on March 15, 2012,
Southeast of Athens and Atlanta
(from Earthfiles Archive — see original Earthfiles report:
https://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1960&category=Environment)


Brunswick, Georgia, is about 277 miles southeast of Athens.
The 5 Counties around Brunswick had simultaneous
boom/explosions reported to police and firefighters five years
ago at 8:28 AM Eastern on March 15, 2012.

Subject: Powerful Boom in Southeastern Georgia
Date: March 15, 2012
To: [email protected]

Linda, This morning at around 8:28 am, a large explosion or boom was heard over Brunswick GA. This boom shook window and doors throughout the entire county. Upon further reports, it was felt from as far west as 10 miles west of Waycross GA, south to Folkston GA, and north to Savannah GA. A local radio call in show on WGIG, 1440 AM took calls from people that heard and felt this large event. I just wanted you to be aware of what has happened here and maybe help shed some light on this event. If you need any more information, do not hesitate to contact me. Regards, Brunswick, Georgia Resident

 

March 15, 2012, TV headline by News4Jax.com, Jacksonville, Florida.

The five southeastern Georgia counties where the very loud, window-rattling boom was heard on March 15, 2012, between 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM were Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn and McIntosh Counties, marked with red circles in map below.

Officer Todd Rhodes from Georgia's Brunswick Police Dept. told Channel 4:  “It was a noise that literally shook our home. There was some panic there because you know when you hear that noise as far-reaching as it was - and not only hearing it, but feeling it - you want to know, ‘What is this?’”


The five southeastern Georgia counties where the very loud, window-rattling boom
was heard on March 15, 2012, between 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM were
Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn and McIntosh Counties

News4Jax.com reported that the U. S. Geological Survey had no seismic evidence of an earthquake and the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay said they “were not conducting any operations that would have caused a sonic boom or explosion.”  Channel 4 checked with the Navy and Marines, which said there were two F/A-18 Super Hornets flying over Georgia at the time, “but they were nowhere close to the speed of sound.” The FAA told Channel 4 the agency had no record of any aircraft going supersonic in the 5-county area on Thursday morning. The loud boom mystery has persisted in many states for a long time. See related Earthfiles Archive reports below.

The fact that the loud booms continue over time without any explanation is increasingly troubling to affected residents such as Brunswick police officer Todd Rhodes, who told Channel 4, “We haven't heard anything and that's sad. So many people here have felt the booms and we don't have a clue what it was.”

Earwitnesses to the Georgia boom or any others recently, please email:
[email protected] All requests for confidentiality are honored.

Also see:

• 03/30/2012 — Part 1: Updated 033021 with boom recordings - Mysterious Rattling Booms Expand from Clintonville to Montello, Wisconsin and Beyond.
• 03/30/2012 — Updated with boom audio Part 2: Boom Phenomenon in Several States and Canada
• 03/20/2012 — Two Nights of Mysterious Rattling Booms in Clintonville, WI
• 02/27/2014 — Eyewitnesses in California and Idaho Link Aerial Triangle to Trumpet and Metallic Sounds
• 02/28/2012 — Strange Sounds in Washington State


For further information about mystery booms and metallic sounds, please see reports in the Earthfiles Archive organized in chronological order from 1999 to 2016 ongoing of which a few are listed here.

• 01/19/2017 — Unexplained, Loud, House-Shaking Boom Reported by Dozens to TV News and Mt. Holly, N.C. Police Night of Jan. 17th
• 12/18/2016 — Update - Part 2: Eerie Metallic Sounds in Spokane, WA, and Booms in Spearfish, SD, and San Jose, CA
• 12/15/2016 — Strange Boom and Eerie Metallic Sounds Are Back in Washington and Pennsylvania
• 11/20/2016 — Update: Viewer Feedback On San Jose Booms and Lake Ontario Mysteries
• 11/06/2016 — Two Northern Mysteries — Strange, Persistent Ping from Arctic Sea Floor and “UFO? or 1950 Bomb?” Northwest of Vancouver, B. C.
• 10/20/2016 — New Mysterious Loud, Rumbling Booms in Idaho and California
• 06/30/2016 — Windsor “Hum” Rattling Windows — Again
• 06/10/2016 — Persistent Bloodless Mutilations of Cats, Foxes, Rabbits Birds from London Region to Dundee, Scotland
• 05/05/2016 — Mysterious Triangular Craft, Strange Booms and Creature Encounter Like Varginha, Brazil
• 03/16/2016 — Unexplained Booms in Alhambra, California
• 02/02/2016 — Another Huge, Ground-Shaking Boom in New York — Not Sonic and Not Seismic
• 01/23/2016 — CIA: Take A Peek Into Our UFO “X-Files”
• 01/18/2016 — Mysterious Booms Hit South Wichita, Kansas, On January 16th. “Sky Quakes” Were Linked to UFOs in 1950s.
• 01/10/2016 — “A Big Boom” Mystery in York County, PA., Panama City Beach, Florida, and Ardmore, Oklahoma
• 12/07/2015 — Part 3: Booms, Metallic Scraping and Bright Light Flash
• 12/03/2015 — Part 2: Booms, Metallic Scraping and Bright Light Flash
• 11/30/2015 — Part 1: Booms, Metallic Scraping and Bright Light Flash
• 10/24/2015 — Mystery Booms in Minnesota, Nevada, Maryland and Ottawa
• 09/23/2015 — Unexplained Booms Again from Virginia to New Brunswick, Canada.
• 03/01/2012 — Updated 030112: Solar CMEs Hitting Earth's Magnetic Fields - Do They Make Strange, Loud Sounds?
• 02/28/2012 — Strange Sounds in Washington State
• 02/09/2012 — Updated Feb. 9: Eerie, Strange Sounds Heard in Tennessee and Kansas
• 02/04/2012 — Video of Kiev-like Strange Sound in Amarillo, Texas: What Happened?
• 02/02/2012 — Updated: Earthfiles Email About Mysterious “Chorus of Trumpets” and Other Strange Sounds
• 12/31/2011 — Updated - Part 1: Earthfiles Mail About High Strangeness
• 11/13/2011 — Updated: More Loud Booms in Virginia and Missouri; More Quakes in Oklahoma
• 10/27/2011 — More Mysterious Hum Reports from North America to China
• 10/04/2011 — Updated: What Are Strange “Hums” That Keep People Awake?
• 10/03/2011 — Part 1: Viewer Letters About Strange, Loud Booms


Websites:

"Neighbors, police puzzled by mysterious 'sonic boom' in Mt. Holly, NC,"
January 19, 2017, Channel 9, WSOTV.com: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/
local/neighbors-police-puzzled-by-mysterious-sonic-boom-in-mt-holly/
485491318

"Strange sound in Spokane Valley has thousands of people talking,"
December 14, 2016, FOX28 News: http://www.myfoxspokane.com
/strange-sound-in-spokane-valley-has-thousands-of-people-talking/

Strange Noise in Spokane Valley, Washington: http://www.khq.com/story/
34049324/strange-sound-in-spokane-valley-has-thousands-of-people-talking

Majestic-12 Documents: http://www.majesticdocuments.com

"Clintonville officials want answers after two nights of mysterious booms": 
http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/143450196.html

"Another night of mysterious booms in Clintonville" by Nick Penzenstadler,
Post-Crescent Staff Writer:
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20120320/APC0101/120320005/
night-booms-Clintonville

"Clintonville officials stymied by loud booms" by Nick Penzenstadler,
Post-Crescent Staff Writer:
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20120320/APC0101/203200419/
Clintonville-officials-stymied-by-loud-booms?odyssey=tab%7
Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CAPC-News

Unexplained Booms, Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unexplained_
boom#cite_note-0

Loud Booms in Virginia and Missouri; More Quakes in Oklahoma:
http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1910&category=Environment

Strange Booms in North Carolina: 
http://www.ufo-blogger.com/2012/02/strange-booms-sound-
reported-in-north.html

Strange Booms in Texas:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plsmV4DyAlg

Strange Booms in Florida:  http://www.weirdus.com/states/florida/unexplained
_phenomena/booming_sounds/index.php


 

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