UFO ROUNDUP – Mysterious booms or “skyquakes” rattled thousands of homes within a large area 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.
According to Ryan H. Turner, a communications dispatcher for Orange County, police and fire departments began receiving phone calls around 10 p.m. The calls ranged from Norco and Corona in Riverside County to Pomona in eastern Los Angeles County, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northwest.
Turner reported that residents “were startled by two large noises that rattled” walls and windows. “In one case reported directly to me, around the door in an 8,000-square foot home began to vibrate rapidly.”
Callers described the two sounds as “explosions, earthquake noises, window-rattling noises and thuds.” The sounds occurred about “five minutes apart.”
Turner reported that KNBC-TV in Los Angeles attributed the sounds to “military exercises at Camp Pendleton and El Toro,” both bases of the U.S. Marine Corps.
“I personally called these two bases and was told that there was absolutely nothing pn this end that had caused those noises,” he added.
The following day, Turner was told that the booms had been caused by the space shuttle Columbia landing at Vandenburg Air Force Base. But Michael Lindemann, editor of CNI News, pointed out that the shuttle had landed earlier at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The cause of the “sky booms” remains unexplained.
FROM UFO ROUNDUPVolume 3, Number 19May 10, 1998Editor: Joseph Trainor
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