Experts are both baffled and alarmed by a series of reports of loud booms detected across the globe that don't appear to have an explanation.
There’s a lot of concern going around and a lot of head-scratching that you may not be aware of that’s happening in the United States, as well as worldwide. Apparently, loud booms have been reported at various locations around the globe this year, including one that rattled homes in Alabama recently and prompted calls to 911. But experts have no idea what’s happening.
Such booms have been reported in the Middle East, Australia, and the United States, with a total of 64 reports worldwide in 2017 alone. But no one seems to have a good answer for why they’re happening. The latest ones happened in Idaho and Alabama in the past week, with the latter being referred to as the “Bama Boom.”
“Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake,” said the Birmingham National Weather Service in a tweet.
Theories abound, like supersonic aircraft, or maybe a meteor exploding in the atmosphere like that one did in Russia a few years ago, which caused windows everywhere to shatter and set off car alarms throughout the city where it happened. But no one seems to know for sure.
The U.S. Geological Survey, for its part, say they don’t think it’s from earthquakes. The National Weather Service has said they don’t believe weather or earthquakes caused it. But there was no mistaking it.
“Has anyone heard a loud explosion in west Blount County? We’ve received several calls between Spunky Hollow Rd and Cannons Crossing. Law Enforcement is currently patrolling the area,” Blount County posted on its Twitter account.