Strange booming sounds in Colorado baffle experts

Speculation about the source of the booms include a supersonic aircraft that broke the sound barrier or, possibly, a meteor from the Leonid meteor shower, which peaked on Nov. 17 and 18.
By Harry Marcolis | Nov 28, 2017
An enormous booming sound that shook parts of Colorado on Monday night has left experts scratching their heads.

The noise was so loud that some witnesses said their houses and windows shook and posters fell from the walls, according to a report by Tech Times.

"It was just like boom and the trailer shook, and I thought, 'What the heck was that?'" said Ray Armijo. "It kind of scared me a bit." Armijo added that the sound seemed to come from the air, not the ground.

Lochbuie Police Chief, Tracy McCoy, said he contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the Buckley Air Force Base, but they informed him that no operations were being carried out at the time of the explosion.

Booms have been heard in other parts of the United States as well, with residents in New Jersey, Alabama, Idaho, and Michigan also reporting the loud explosion-like sounds.

Speculation about the source of the booms include a supersonic aircraft that broke the sound barrier or, possibly, a meteor from the Leonid meteor shower, which peaked on Nov. 17 and 18.

The U.S. Geological Survey near Centreville, Alabama, also registered a booming sound, but said seismic data showed it was not related to an earthquake.

"We do not see anything indicating large fire/smoke on radar or satellite, nothing on USGS indicating an earthquake," the USGS wrote on Twitter. "We don't have an answer, and can only hypothesize with you. 1) sonic boom from aircraft; 2) meteorite w/current Leonid shower?"

Authorities continue to investigate the source of the booms.

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