Mysterious boom hits Northern Arizona

Matt Mortem

Karloff is King
Sep 6, 2007
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Jean Swesey was doing homework with her son in Cottonwood when it happened.

"It was a whole series of booms," Swesey said. "Up to six or seven. It was fast, it went loud. We were quiet and then my daughter down the hall screams really loud, ‘Did you hear that?' I sat there for a second and I heard another set."

Swesey wasn't alone. Residents in communities in and around Verde Valley and as far as Flagstaff called 911 or their police and fire departments to report the strange booming sounds.

"It sounded like thunder, but underground," Swesey said. "Like muffled thunder. And all the dogs in the neighborhood, all of them that were outside all started barking at once."

CBS 5 News first received reports of the explosion-like noises shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday and began checking with law enforcement and government sources. The U.S. Geological Survey reports no significant earthquake activity in Arizona that could have created the booms.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office had deputies in the area who either heard it or tried to respond to resident calls. They found nothing.

The Sedona Fire District dispatched a crew to check a report of a strange odor, but that was unfounded and may not be related to the sounds.

The Camp Verde Marshal also received a number of phone calls about the booms. Officers found no evidence of any explosions.

But the Verde Valley contains large expanses of uninhabited land. "Maybe when the light comes back they'll find something," said Gary Johnson of Sedona Fire.

Swesey sure hopes so. "It was just, ‘boom-boom-boom-boom-boom all over the Verde Valley."

This happened in my home town. My mom heard it. She thought one of her ceramic kilns had exploded, but apparently this was heard Valley wide. This is an area of 30+ miles. Pretty interesting.
Could it have been a sonic boom?
Could it have been a sonic boom?

Maybe. That's what I'm thinking it was, but it lasted for awhile. It wasn't just a quick boom. It was a series of booms that lasted almost a minute. I thought it was an earthquake, but the USGS says no.
My gut feeling is probably the military conducting one of their clandestine experiments.
My gut feeling is probably the military conducting one of their clandestine experiments.

If I recall correctly there is a base somewhat nearby and they often do training exercises in the Verde Valley. I would not be surprised to find that's the case.
One more possibility could be fracking or extracting natural gas in your area.
It was the sound of my lovely bowel gas... Just be glass I didn't have a light on me...
Taste like them, but look like people, huh?
I used to live about 30 miles from Quantico. Even at 30 miles away, our house would still shake and we'd hear the thuds of their bomb testing. My money is on that.
Check back here every hour or else I'll know..... we're doomed.

BOOM; here comes the BOOM, ready or not..

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