Mysterious booms in New York


49 Responses to “Mysterious booms in New York”

  1. nutbastard says:

    @#35 MDH

    i laughed pretty fuckin hard at that…

  2. imipak says:

    If memory serves, these things [meteorites] tend to move in clouds.

    Not in any way that makes sense in this context. The “meteor storm” or “asteroid belt” scenes that have been cliches of innumerable cheesy films since that Star Wars one, where the Millenium Falcon gets chased around huge rotating boulders where there’s more rock than space, are strictly imaginary. The solar system’s “meteor cloud” (the belt between Mars and Jupiter) is only *relatively* dense with asteroids, and that’s nowhere near earth.

    Having said that, meteor showers are what happens when earth intersects with material thrown off by comets. Picture the earth’s orbit as a circle around the sun. Typical comet orbits are highly elliptical, with apogee waaaaaay out beyond the outer planets. Every time they go round the sun a fraction of their mass boils off the surface. This stuff smears out along the orbital path of the comet – picture a huge oil pipeline with a grain of sand flying along it’s centre. Because that elongated “tube” of debris is so vast relative to the parent cometary body, earth flies through a dozen or so such concentrations every year, causing the “storm” effect as our orbit intersects with theirs.

    That’s got FA to do with sonic booms, though; such meteors, even those causing bolides (bright meteor terminating in a brilliant flash as the thing explodes) are of the order of, what, 1 x 10^3g mass, tops. And although there’s a fascinating phenomena whereby induced currents can cause audible noise at ground level as a fireball passes by, that’s not a boom or bang, either.

    So IMHO Occam comes down on “secret miltary aircraft programme”; they’ve done it before, and in fact if they’re not running such programmes now, I want my tax back. But why is everyone assuming it could only be an American programme?

  3. Baldhead says:

    Westchester? X- Men obviously.

  4. Coolin93 says:

    This is weird cause just like two days ago I heard a loud explosion behind my house and there were no transformers down etc. Plus I live in a small town in Indiana so its not like it was anything hollywood related.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It seems there have been quite a few recently, I have no idea if this is normal or a sign of increased activity. If memory serves, these things tend to move in clouds. That may account for increased impacts during a window of time when their orbit lines up with the earth.

  6. fltndboat says:

    Made in China.

  7. georgewbush says:

    Ragnarok. Please consult Hodgman.

  8. Phikus says:

    When you think about it, this is all part of the natural cycle. During the last administration there were a lot of mysterious busts, you see.

  9. BDiamond says:

    OMG! You read Drudge?

    (IOW, I got nuthin’._

  10. Anonymous says:

    I gotta lay off the tacos and burritos.

  11. Anonymous says:

    If I recall correctly, the air force base where the blackbird supersonic aircraft are kept is in upstate New York. If that’s the cause, nobody in the US government is going to fess up.

  12. Alli says:

    *nods and agrees with poster #19*

    I live in Ossining, in Westchester. I too was awake and heard the boom the other morning. Why was I awake? The lightning woke me up.

    *shakes head and sighs*

  13. codereduk says:

    You fools! Can’t you see?

    It’s all connected to the Dalek Head they found!

    Doomed! We’re all DOOMED!

  14. Yep says:

    It’s Jobs. He’s back!

  15. ChunkyMonkeyBrain says:

    if military offices don’t have to admit to flying at sonic speeds near population centers, why would they?

  16. arkennon says:

    I live in Virginia Beach, Va. I was just doing some research on sounds of explosions that many people heard in our area last night. Here’s a link to local news online.

  17. zuzu says:

    Aren’t there private hobbyists, like railfans, who monitor milair and whatnot to keep track of this stuff?

  18. Sveden says:

    Mystery explosions also in Minneapolis.

  19. Ratdog says:


    Who’s the BOOM King?

  20. trr says:

    #32 got it. Steve Jobs has taken time off not for health reasons, but to perfect his BOOMs.

  21. Slowermo says:

    I like the girls with the boom.

    On another note, I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom.

  22. ryuthrowsstuff says:

    If memory serves strange sonic booms and “doughnuts no a rope” vapor trails were a feature if the project aurora story that was pretty common in the early nineties.

    Secret government spy plane project supposedly. Eventually got tied into to a bunch of conspiracy theories and UFO junk.

  23. mdh says:

    That was the sound of the real estate market, ‘adjusting’.

  24. daten says:


  25. Bevatron Repairman says:

    There is no B-3 Bomber. Why do I have to keep telling you that?

  26. adralien says:

    The country is shifting back to the left.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if it has any connection to the massive lightshow happening over the east coast of Canada last week?

  28. danbanana says:

    two words: GLOBAL WARMING.

  29. Allegra says:

    I find it amusing that nobody ever thinks to check with the film industry when they hear mystery booms. Where I used to live there would be unbelievable booms and bangs, and I finally discovered that they were coming from about 3 miles from my house and involved blowing stuff up good for various TV series and movies. It all happened at the bottom of a valley so it reverberated like mad through the entire town.

  30. TroofSeeker says:

    It was the sound of 200 Wall Street investors hitting the sidewalk from 40 stories up.

  31. xero says:

    There were mysterious booms over parts of the midwest in Dec. I was home visiting my folks for x-mas and it sounded like a bomb going off. The local news was reporting that it was an electrical trasformer / sub station that had blown. Which turned out to be false, because my father works for the electrical company in the area and there was no electrcial outages anywhere that night. Also, a friend living two states over also heard the boom that night also. Leads me to belive it was a low flying aircraft or something going supersonic.

  32. wynneth says:

    @3 – /b is that way ====>

    @5 – You win.

  33. elguapostrikes says:

    jj abrams viral marketing?

  34. dculberson says:

    There were mysterious booms in my town (Columbus, OH) and it turned out to be from a quarry west of downtown. It was very loud.

  35. AndyBooth says:

    Jeebus! has Dr. Manhattan turned already??!!?

    (I am aware of the inaccuracy of what I’m saying, fanboy)

  36. Tdawwg says:

    It’s the sound of the singularity having arrived.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Underground Drilling?

  38. mdh says:

    Any mysterious Shakalaka’s reported?

  39. Anonymous says:

    I live in Rockland County, in Orangeburg to be exact. I was awake at around 5am on Monday and saw the flashes of lightning as well as heard a thunder boom. There were maybe 3 thunder booms then I went back to sleep. It was raining lightly that morning. This whole article from LoHud sounds like meaningless conjecture. That paper is a rag in any case.

  40. Anonymous says:

    very simple, haarp type unit transmitting with scalar energy discharging when two scalar waves collide. the U.S. is under attack by tesla technolgy weaponized! who do you think controls the weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, electrical grids, volcanoes, people minds… u name it. google Tunguska event, thank u tesla 4 that one. u gave everyone a shocker ;)

  41. Anonymous says:

    There were also mystery booms in the early AM a week or so ago in Barcelona, Spain. Not quite sure how this all fits together…

  42. phillamb168 says:

    Golden parachutes don’t actually function as parachutes.

  43. i_prefer_yeti says:

    It was probably Nas.

  44. theturtle says:

    In Baltimore a year or two ago, mysterious booms were found to be some asshat blowing up homemade fireworks.

  45. TheMadLibrarian says:

    The sonic booms over Westchester Co. have been linked to a bolide that went zipping by on 3/7:

  46. five says:


    winner. no need to post anything else.

  47. Brookie3000 says:

    :O! I live in Florida, and two or so years ago, on the Fourth of July (how very convenient), there was a sonic boom that rattled my house so violently that a light fixture fell off the ceiling and shattered. Supposedly something fell from space and NASA came to pick it up, it was all very hush hush. A friend and I went in search of space debris but found nothing. Interesting, interesting…

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