Mysterious Earth-quaking Booms in New Jersey

In a file photo, a U.S. Navy F-18 flies close to breaking the sound barrier during a 2010 air show. Some have suggested the ground-shaking booms heard in Bordentown and Hamilton may have been sonic booms from jets. (MAZEN MAHDI | EPA)
In a file photo, a U.S. Navy F-18 flies close to breaking the sound barrier during a 2010 air show. Some have suggested the ground-shaking booms heard in Bordentown and Hamilton may have been sonic booms from jets. (MAZEN MAHDI | EPA)

Mysterious, earth-shaking booms have been reported in recent weeks by dozens of Bordentown and Hamilton residents, and authorities are at a loss to explain them.

The most likely culprit, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, says it wasn’t them. While the military base routinely hosts artillery training on weekends and warns residents in advance, the mystery booms have come at odd hours and on weekdays when the range is inactive.

The latest boom jolted residents at 10 p.m. Monday. A closed Facebook group for Bordentown Township residents lit up with people asking each other, “Did anyone just feel that loud rumble?”

“Was in the garage and the garage doors both rattled hard and I could feel the rumble under my feet,” was one of a dozen replies.

A similar online conversation unfolded on March 19 after the noise was heard around 9 p.m. Another series of reports occurred on March 17, a Tuesday. Some have reported hearing several booms in succession during the span of an hour.

Residents in adjacent Hamilton Township in Mercer County also reported hearing the noise.

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SOURCE: Keith Brown
Times of Trenton, nj.com

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