Mysterious booms in New York

Last week, I posted about a mysterious sonic boom that rattled residents on California's Central Cost. Today, Matt Drudge pointed me to reports of two more booms, in two nights, heard in New York's Rockland and Westchester Counties. From the Journal News:
Officials at Westchester County Airport and Stewart International Airport said they had no knowledge of aircraft from their facilities causing the disturbance.

Officials at NASA said yesterday that they had no knowledge of the boom nor any explanations for it. They referred calls to the U.S. Air Force Space Command.

Calls to Space Command headquarters in Colorado seeking comment were not returned.

And no U.S. Coast Guard operations in the area could have generated such a loud noise, Petty Officer Barbara Patton said...

There also have been no confirmed reports of seismic activity over the weekend.
"Another mystery boom wakes people in region"


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.


    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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. :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…

  15. 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.

  16. *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*

  17. 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 ;)

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