Residents in Alabama and at other spots around the globe have been alarmed by loud booms that no one can explain.
A huge boom shook the houses and rattled the windows in Alabame recently, prompting frantic calls to 911. But there’s just one big problem, as authorities have no idea what caused it, and there have been reports of other mysterious booms around the globe.
It’s being called the “Bama Boom,” and as of now there is no solid explanation for it, just guesses. Other booms have been reported in Idaho and Colorado, as well as in the Middle East and Australia. In fact, there have been 64 reports worldwide so far this year.
Government agencies were immediately baffled when reports came in.
“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.
That’s not to say there aren’t some decent educated guesses out there. Sonic booms from a supersonic aircraft are one possibility, as are a meteor exploding in the atmosphere. You’ll recall similar reports when that meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia back in 2013, shattering windows across the city.
The U.S. Geological Survey says they’re pretty sure it’s not earthquakes, as do staff at the National Weather Service, who add it’s not from weather either. But officials sure noticed it.