Cause of loud booms a mystery

Published: Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 9:24 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 10:04 PM

Residents across southern Montgomery County and northern Warren County Sunday night heard three loud, earth-shaking booms.

The noises happened around 7 p.m., and prompted several calls to area 911 dispatchers and our newsroom.

One Miamisburg man said the loud booms sounded like an explosion, and that the last one sounded louder than the first.

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“Our neighbors were in the street trying to determine what was going on,” he wrote in an email to the newsroom.

“Loud booms being heard … Springboro, Miamisburg, Centerville, Kettering areas … any ideas?” read another email.

Local police and fire dispatchers said they received reports from residents of the loud booms that shook houses, but the cause was undetermined.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies out to investigate, but there were no additional booms and there was no sign of damage in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.

Local utility companies also did not report having any incidents and there were no power outages in the area.

Also, a check with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel showed that no aircraft were flying in the area that could have caused a sonic boom by breaking the sound barrier.

The cause of the booms for now remains a mystery.