2015-02-05 / Front Page

Mystery booms capture wide attention

An unmanned bomb-disposal suit is tested. One theory for the Sierra mystery booms holds that they emanate from a bomb-disposal site near Hawthorne, Nev. (Photo: Contributed)An unmanned bomb-disposal suit is tested. One theory for the Sierra mystery booms holds that they emanate from a bomb-disposal site near Hawthorne, Nev. (Photo: Contributed)Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 - 3:30 p.m. - Residents from across the county reported hearing a strange series of booms today.

So far, the phenomena defies explanation.

An information officer reached at the Lemoore Naval Air Station had no immediate information about military flights over the area. Mariposa County Sheriff Doug Binnewies said he had no idea what might account for the booms.

According to one report, the noises were loud enough to shake homes. Booms were heard in Mariposa, Ponderosa Basin, Mt. Bullion, Midpines, Cathey's Valley, Lushmeadows and off Highway 140 near Yosemite. Out-of-county reports came from Columbia, Jamestown, Raymond, Friant and elsewhere.

Witnesses to the strange sounds have lit up area Facebook pages with comments. Fresno-based KMPH Fox 26 has received multiple calls and emails reporting "loud booms," a station manager said.

Humans aren't the only ones noticing the noise, Facebook poster Sara Parrish said.

"Dogs went barking, and one tort(oiseshell) cat got all puffed out," Parrish wrote.

On April 22, 2012, a meteor entering Earth's atmosphere over the Sierra may have generated a series of booms.

According to a Sept. 2014 report by self-described geologist Glen White, "Mystery Booms" have been reported over the Mother Lode for years.

White speculates that the sounds may emanate from military ordnance detonated at an explosives disposal facility at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. 

Individuals with explanations for what might be causing the booms are invited to send an email to editor@mariposagazette.com

 

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