Mysterious booms have been reported for years. Whitley has experienced three over his house in the past 3 months, one of which was recorded on his surveillance system at 3:36AM on July 23, 2021 and is shown here. There were many reports before what happened in Whitley’s neighborhood and was heard over at least a square mile area, and now the New York Times is reporting that another mysterious boom shook New Hampshire and parts of other states on Sunday morning. The boom consisted of a single, loud explosive report that appeared to come from above. There was also a perceived shaking of the ground, but the National Earthquake Center indicated that no earthquake had been recorded in the area. Unknowncountry.com and Linda Moulton Howe’s Earthfiles.com has been keeping a record mysterious booms going back years. Unknowncountry’s first story on the subject appears in 1998 and covered mysterious booms in Southern California. To explore our “booms” archive, click here.
Many of these sounds remain unexplained, and whether they are all coming from overhead or some from below ground is difficult to tell. They do appear to most witnesses to be coming from overhead. They do not appear to be conventional sonic booms, because the familiar “double punch” of a loud first boom and a softer second is not present with this phenomenon.
The phenomenon is not confined to the US, but is worldwide, with reports coming in over the years from countries as diverse and the United Kingdom, Australia, India and many others.
In the mid 1990s, residents around Edwards Air Force Base complained of loud booms that the Air Force claimed could not be explained. In 1992, sounds that appeared to be a new type of “pulsed detonation” jet engine were heard in the area, and contrails containing a series of smoke puffs were seen. These have not been reported frequently since. Aviation Week and Space Technology reported on the pulsed detonation sounds.
It is less likely that the mysterious booms being heard at this time are from jet engines. They would appear more explainable as compression effects caused by a large, flat object entering the atmosphere from directly above the site of a boom at high speed. Some of these could be meteorites, but most of the booms are accompanied by brief flashes of light, if any. Meteors generally streak through the sky before exploding.
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