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Loud booms reported in southwestern Ohio and Indiana

February 12, 2011 8 comments

Many people this morning were awakened to the sound of a loud boom and shaking of their homes across southwestern Ohio and parts of Indiana.  Several reports were made to the Darke County Sheriff’s office, and others have commented that it was heard and felt in Xenia, Beavercreek, and Fairborn.  The sounds reported vary from around midnight to around 7:30 am, many people saying that it felt and sounded as though something had hit their house.

According to the DCS, earthquakes, blown transformers, gas explosions, and sonic booms from jets have all been ruled out, and they are coordinating with the Ohio Emergency Management to try to find an explanation for the boom.  Geological experts in Columbus, along with various departments in Indiana, are working hard as well to get to the bottom of this mystery.

There has also been one report of a bright blue flash being seen going across the sky from Arcanum at approximately 4:45 am.  Are the two related?  I think so. Read more…