Strange 'booms' around the world continue: Loud explosions heard in Arizona may have been caused by training at a nearby Air Force Base

  • Booms and rumbles have been heard across southern Arizona this week?
  • Luke Air Force based in Phoenix says it may be responsible for the noise
  • The base is running training from November 27 - December 11??
  • Other booms this year have occurred in Cairns and Abergavenny
  • Incidents of these mystery booms are becoming more frequent

This week, residents across southern Arizona have been left baffled by a series of mysterious 'booms' heard across the region.

Suspected causes ranged from meteors exploding in the atmosphere to the arrival of aliens.

But a nearby Air Force Base claims the booms may have been the result of training exercises it ran this week.

The Arizona booms are not an isolated event, and the mysterious sounds have been heard around the world this year,?in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire.

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This week, residents across southern Arizona have been left baffled by a series of mysterious 'booms' heard across the region.?But the mystery may have finally been solved, as a nearby Air Force Base claims the booms may have been the result of training exercises it ran this week

This week, residents across southern Arizona have been left baffled by a series of mysterious 'booms' heard across the region.?But the mystery may have finally been solved, as a nearby Air Force Base claims the booms may have been the result of training exercises it ran this week

ARE THE BOOMS CAUSED BY PLANES??

Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix claims it may be responsible for the mysterious noises.

The base said it is hosting a training exercise with Singapore, with an influx of planes in the area.

The exercises started on November 27, and will run through to December 11.

A statement said: 'The areas around Luke and the BMGR may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and types of aircraft involved.

'Aircrafts involved will include F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle and Heron 1UAS.

'There will be an increased military presence with military movements along Highway 85 south of Gila Bend as military position themselves within the Barry M. Goldwater range.'

The booms were heard alongside rumbles across southern Arizona, ranging from Oro Valley to Picture Rocks, and Douglas to Nogales.

Several people reported hearing noises at around 20:00 on November 28, and at 15:00 on November 29.

And the bizarre activity was even strong enough to be picked up by the seismic monitoring station at the University of Arizona Geosciences Department.

Now, Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix claims it may be responsible for the mysterious noises - although it still has no direct evidence.?

The base said it is hosting a training exercise with Singapore, with an influx of planes in the area.

The exercises started on November 27, and will run through to December 11.

A statement said: 'The areas around Luke and the BMGR may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and types of aircraft involved.

'Aircrafts involved will include F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle and Heron 1UAS.

The bizarre activity was even strong enough to be picked up by the seismic monitoring station at the University of Arizona Geosciences Department

The bizarre activity was even strong enough to be picked up by the seismic monitoring station at the University of Arizona Geosciences Department

'There will be an increased military presence with military movements along Highway 85 south of Gila Bend as military position themselves within the Barry M. Goldwater range.'

The Arizona booms are not an isolated event, and the mysterious sounds have been heard around the world this year.

This year alone, similar noises have been reported 64 times this year, in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire.?

And while the booms in Arizona may have an explanation, many others haven't.

Mysterious booms?have been reported 64 times this year, in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire. Incidents are becoming more frequent according to some reports.

Mysterious booms?have been reported 64 times this year, in locations including Michigan, Lapland, St Ives, Swansea and Yorkshire. Incidents are becoming more frequent according to some reports.

WHAT COULD THEY BE??

In 2017 alone, 64 booms have been heard worldwide.?

The cause of most of the booms remains a mystery, although several explanations have been suggested.??

1) Sonic booms?

A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound – such as supersonic aircrafts.

Sonic booms generate significant amounts of sound energy, sounding like an explosion to the human ear.?

2) Military exercises

Many unexplained loud noises can be put down to military training, either at Army or Naval bases or in remote areas used for such exercises.

3) Controlled explosions??

A controlled explosion is a method for detonating or disabling a suspected explosive device, such as bags left at train stations.

4) Unusual weather

Many loud noises link back to unusual weather events, such as electrical storms or thunder storms.??

5) Meteors

Large meteors passing above Earth often produce shock waves that can be heard as a sonic boom.?

6) Sound amplified from aircraft

Some have suggested that the sound was due to inversion - a phenomenon that occurs when a layer of warm air sits over a layer of cooler air, magnifying the sound of an aircraft miles away. ??

7) Aliens?

Some conspiracy theorists claim that the mysterious booms are noises created by aliens - although there is no evidence to support this.?

Alabama, November 14?

Cause: Unknown, suggested explanations include a sonic boom from an aircraft or a meteorite?

The Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted: 'Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake.'

The service suggested that the sound was either caused by a sonic boom from aircraft, or a meteorite from the Leonid shower.

But Nasa has since cast doubt on these explanations.

Speaking to ABC 3340, Bill Cooke, head of Nasa's Meteoroid Environment Office, said that the boom could have been caused by a supersonic aircraft, a ground explosion, or a bolide - a large meteor that explodes in the atmosphere unrelated to the Leonid shower.

While the noise was picked up by the US Geological Survey, data suggests that the boom wasn't the result of an earthquake.

The boom may have been caused by a military flight by a supersonic jet, although the US Air Force is yet to confirm this.

The Bama Boom is just one of many mysterious booms heard worldwide this year.

Idaho, November 15?

Cause: Unknown?

The day after the boom in Alabama, a similar noise was heard in Idaho.

Multiple people reported hearing a loud boom over the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley around 23:00.

Many of the reports described the sound as being similar to a sonic boom, although its cause and location remain unclear.?

Cairns, October 10?

Cause: Unknown,?suggested explanations include?a meteorite, a gas bottle explosion or military plane?

On October 10, a boom was heart over Cairns, Queensland that had the city baffled.

While the noise in Alabama was picked up by the US Geological Survey (graph ?pictured), data suggests that the boom wasn't the result of an earthquake

While the noise in Alabama was picked up by the US Geological Survey (graph ?pictured), data suggests that the boom wasn't the result of an earthquake

Residents' theories ranged from a meteorite to a gas bottle explosion or military plane.

A FA-18 Hornet plane was heard flying over Cairns the previous night, but no jets were flying on the night when the 'explosion' happened.

The Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted: 'Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake'

The Birmingham National Weather Service tweeted: 'Loud boom heard: we do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite; nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake'

Abergavenny, May 11

Cause: Unknown?

Residents in Abergavenny, Wales, were also shocked after they heard a series of booms on May 11.

James Spann,?AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist tweeted that no explanation had been provided by USGS, NOAA or EMA

James Spann,?AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist tweeted that no explanation had been provided by USGS, NOAA or EMA

Speaking to the Abergavenny Chronicle, one resident said: 'It nearly gave me a heart attack it was that loud. At first I thought it was shotgun blast or a firework, but it was way too loud for that. It sounded more like a tank going off.

'My husband said it was probably mini meteors colliding with the earth, but have you ever heard such nonsense?'

Again, the source of the Welsh booms have remained unsolved.

But other booms this year have had explanations behind them.

Other booms have been known to be caused by secret military missions. On May 7, a boom rattled Central Florida, caused by a military mission ending at the Kennedy Space Centre (stock image)

Other booms have been known to be caused by secret military missions. On May 7, a boom rattled Central Florida, caused by a military mission ending at the Kennedy Space Centre (stock image)

Lapland, November 17?

Cause: Falling meteor?

On November 17, a boom in Lapland was caused by a fireball from a falling meteor.?

Footage showed a bright light in the sky over Inari in Finland - but the flash was so intense it was also seen in Russia's Kola Peninsula and in northern Norway.

Stargazers reported seeing the sky 'light up like day' for a few seconds alongside a loud noise as the space rock plummeted towards Earth.?

Eyre Peninsula, October 27

Cause: Falling meteor?

On October 27, another boom was heard over Eyre Peninsula in Australia, as a bright blue meteor shot across the sky.

Stargazers reported seeing the sky 'light up like day' for a few seconds
The sky lit up over Lapland

On November 17, a boom in Lapland was caused by a fireball from a falling meteor. Footage showed a bright light in the sky over Inari in Finland - but the flash was so intense it was also seen in Russia's Kola Peninsula and in northern Norway

The loud bangs weren't caused by the fireball hitting Earth, and instead were caused by the change in pressure as the meteor soared through the air.

Speaking to News.com.au, Renee Sayers, a spokeswoman from the Desert Fireball Network, explained: 'The shock wasn't from it hitting the ground; It is like a sonic boom shock, a pressure shock.'??

Central Florida, May 7

Cause: Supersonic flight testing?

Other booms have been known to be caused by secret military missions.?

On May 7, a boom rattled Central Florida, caused by a military mission ending at the Kennedy Space Centre.

The US Air Force tweeted: 'The Air Force #X37B #OTV4 has returned from orbit and landed safely at @NASAKennedy.'?

MYSTERY BOOMS IN 2017?
November 18 - Michigan??????
November 19 - Damascus - caused by airstrikes??????
November 17 - Lapland - caused by meteor??????
November 15 - Idaho??????
November 14 - Alabama??????
November 8 - Tennessee??????
November 4 - Oregon??????
November 3 - Minnesota??????
November 1 and 2 - New Jersey and San Diego??????
October 27 - Eyre Peninsula - caused by meteor??????
October 25 - New Jersey??????
October 20 - British Columbia??????
October 17 - North Carolina??????
October 10 - Detroit??????
September 25 - St Ives??????
September 22 - Temple Terrace, Florida??????
September 17 - Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and Massachusetts - caused by meteor??????
September 7 - Moranbah, Australia??????
May 30 - Tauranga, New Zealand??????
May 26 - Kent??????
May 24 - Texas??????
May 19 - Massachusetts??????
May 16-17 - Lincolnshire??????
May 13 - Ontario - caused by earthquake??????
May 12 - Tennessee??????
May 11 - Abergavenny, Wales??????
May 7 - Florida - caused by secret military mission??????
April 25 - San Diego??????
April 17 - Michigan??????
April 15 - Michigan??????
April 9 - Maine??????
April 3 - Texas??????
March - Vermont??????
March 27 - Cornwall??????
March 26 - Arizona??????
March 25 - Gordonvale, Australia??????
March 22 - Wisconsin??????
March 13 - Virginia - caused by earthquake??????
March 12 - New York??????
March 11 - Kentucky??????
March 5 - Montreal??????
March 2 - Nottingham??????
February 27 - Louisiana??????
February 13 - Ohio ??????
February 12 - Indiana??????
February 10 - Pennsylvania??????
January 30 - New Orleans??????
January 30 - Washington D.C??????
January 29 - Maryland??????
January 24 - San Diego??????
January 20 - Swansea??????
January 19 - New Orleans??????
January 18 - North Carolina??????
January 17 - Canterbury??????
January 16 - Beddgelert, Wales??????
January 16 - Greater Manchester??????
January 13 - Marseilles??????
January 12 - North Yorkshire??????
January 6 - Louisiana??????
January 6 - Oregon??????
January 5 - Liverpool??????
January 4 - Missouri??????
January 4 - Washington??????
January 3 - Connecticut??????

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