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Loud boom noises heard in East Texas

ANDERSON COUNTY, April 9, 2013--On Saturday, April 6, around 9:30 p.m., loud "boom" or "explosion" type noises were heard by many East Texas residents from north of Palestine to Gallatin.

"We heard it down here in Gallatin area south of Jacksonville...this is craziness!!," Nina Roberts said. 

YourEastTexas.com has spoken with many officials and, to date, the noises have not been identified. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office was flooded with calls Saturday evening, according to Sheriff Greg Taylor, as was the KYYK 98.3 studio and Palestine Police Department, among other east Texas agencies.

The noises have been described by many as "explosions" or "booms." KYYK 98.3 had over 15,000 people see the original Facebook post and over 250 discussing the strange sounds on their page within hours of the first noise being heard.

Some have reported hearing as many as five different booms, beginning around 9:30 p.m., and ending around 11:30 p.m. Others say they've been hearing the noises for quite a while.

"We live in Tucker and have been hearing it for months, every few weeks. So have friends out on 294. We haven't been able to find out anything," Tonya Barron stated in a Facebook comment. Another listener, Mary Mullins reported, "I live about 5 miles out 320, and have heard it about 4 times between 10:30-11:30."

Many have said the noise was so loud it shook their home. "We live off 320, in Palestine, near the prisons, and it was so loud it shook our home and we haven't heard it anymore," Justin Brackman posted on KYYK's Facebook wall just before midnight, on Saturday.

Theories ranged from pranksters blowing up mailboxes, to fracking and cannon fire. Others thought it might be sonic booms from military aircraft. Some jokingly blamed sasquatch, and Chuck Norris, among others.

If it was a sonic boom from military aircraft we may never know. According to Barksdale Air Force Base public affairs officials in Shreveport, Louisiana, "[they] were not flying air craft in east Texas this past weekend." Lackland Air Force Base officials could not be reached for comment at the time of this report.

While no one seems to be able to confirm whether these noises were caused by an earthquake type event at this time, quakes are nothing new to Texas. A 2.8 magnitude earthquake did strike near Timpson in east Texas' Shelby County, early in the morning on January 29, 2013, according to the USGS. It was the second earthquake in less than a week, and the ninth in a year. The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported a "4.1-magnitude earthquake is one of the latest to hit the Timpson area in the last year. A 3.9-magnitude earthquake occurred on May 10, and on May 17, there was a 4.8-magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Those were followed by a 2.7-magnitude on May 20; a 2.5-magnitude on May 26; a 2.1-magnitude on June 16; a 2.8-magnitude on Dec. 7; a 2.6-magnitude on Dec. 22; and Friday's earthquake. The most recent earthquake — a 2.8-magnitude — occurred about 6:30 a.m., Tuesday."

Another earthquake was reported by Dallas' WFAA on January 22, 2013. "The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Irving, Wednesday night, January 21. The quake hit at 10:16 p.m., with the epicenter in Irving, just south of the intersection of the Bush Turnpike and Highway 114, and 3.5 miles east of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The USGS said it measured the quake at a depth of 10 miles."

While we are not aware of an explanation at this time, there are a few things we believe we are able to rule out. We do not think it was a sasquatch or a Mars invasion as some Facebook comments implied. We are not able to rule out Chuck Norris, as he was not available for comment.

According to the USGS the following earthquakes occurred in the U.S. on April 6, 2013.

0.8

28km WNW of West Bishop, California

2013-04-06 22:03:25

37.420°N

118.763°W

11.1

1.3

2km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 21:41:11

38.832°N

122.754°W

0.8

1.9

4km WSW of Hermosa Beach, California

2013-04-06 21:29:53

33.848°N

118.445°W

3.2

1.3

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 21:24:07

33.802°N

116.098°W

2.4

2.0

11km NNW of La Crescenta-Montrose, California

2013-04-06 21:03:30

34.336°N

118.271°W

7.9

1.0

7km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 20:20:15

38.828°N

122.805°W

2.8

3.0

37km SSW of Ferndale, California

2013-04-06 19:40:54

40.294°N

124.501°W

19.7

1.7

22km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 19:24:02

33.495°N

116.443°W

6.4

1.8

7km W of Brentwood, California

2013-04-06 19:14:13

37.923°N

121.811°W

8.8

1.0

20km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 18:55:27

33.505°N

116.434°W

11.4

1.0

7km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 18:47:50

38.810°N

122.811°W

1.6

1.3

21km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 18:42:14

33.496°N

116.436°W

9.7

0.9

19km SW of Cle Elum, Washington

2013-04-06 18:33:27

47.067°N

121.115°W

11.4

1.2

15km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 18:24:41

33.806°N

116.085°W

8.7

1.6

8km WSW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 18:24:41

38.807°N

122.817°W

2.6

1.3

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 18:19:31

33.803°N

116.092°W

3.2

1.2

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 18:18:59

33.800°N

116.094°W

2.3

0.6

33km S of Morton, Washington

2013-04-06 17:52:52

46.261°N

122.202°W

5.8

0.8

9km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 17:42:39

38.814°N

122.832°W

3.4

1.9

14km NNE of Glendora, California

2013-04-06 17:28:52

34.246°N

117.779°W

11.4

1.3

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 17:18:52

33.802°N

116.093°W

2.1

1.1

5km SE of Banning, California

2013-04-06 17:06:37

33.882°N

116.840°W

15.4

0.6

7km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 16:51:21

38.809°N

122.812°W

4.7

1.1

8km W of Vancouver, Washington

2013-04-06 16:50:30

45.642°N

122.769°W

19.2

2.7

9km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 16:35:36

38.811°N

122.827°W

2.3

0.7

22km E of Mount Hood Village, Oregon

2013-04-06 16:31:36

45.315°N

121.695°W

5.9

2.9

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 16:10:40

33.802°N

116.092°W

3.4

0.5

6km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 16:04:12

38.767°N

122.716°W

3.4

0.5

6km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 15:59:59

38.769°N

122.711°W

4.3

2.0

6km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 15:57:43

38.768°N

122.722°W

2.1

2.2

5km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 15:57:27

38.770°N

122.721°W

1.8

1.7

5km SW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 15:49:25

38.787°N

122.763°W

1.8

1.7

7km E of Cabazon, California

2013-04-06 15:35:22

33.913°N

116.710°W

14.4

1.1

6km ENE of Coachella, California

2013-04-06 15:32:22

33.699°N

116.103°W

10.9

1.1

7km E of Cabazon, California

2013-04-06 15:30:58

33.920°N

116.710°W

15.8

1.4

7km E of Cabazon, California

2013-04-06 15:30:13

33.921°N

116.711°W

15.7

2.6

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 15:22:16

33.802°N

116.093°W

3.4

2.3

15km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 15:12:59

33.801°N

116.085°W

4.7

2.0

41km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 15:01:29

36.019°N

117.805°W

1.7

1.5

11km SSW of Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

2013-04-06 14:40:22

33.644°N

116.758°W

14.5

1.6

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 14:36:47

33.801°N

116.087°W

6.4

2.8

7km SW of LeChee, Arizona

2013-04-06 14:35:54

36.836°N

111.499°W

10.7

0.9

5km SW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 14:31:49

38.792°N

122.774°W

3.7

1.8

3km NNE of Healdsburg, California

2013-04-06 14:27:13

38.639°N

122.860°W

4.6

1.2

9km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 14:15:17

38.842°N

122.831°W

2.4

2.5

6km WSW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 14:13:41

38.793°N

122.792°W

1.5

1.1

6km W of Middletown, California

2013-04-06 14:11:50

38.748°N

122.692°W

1.1

0.4

3km SW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 13:59:40

38.800°N

122.758°W

2.6

1.2

46km NNW of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 13:55:33

36.046°N

117.952°W

16.5

1.1

22km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 13:49:23

33.483°N

116.421°W

9.5

1.4

6km W of Middletown, California

2013-04-06 13:47:49

38.744°N

122.695°W

1.2

1.5

7km W of Middletown, California

2013-04-06 13:47:15

38.749°N

122.700°W

1.6

1.7

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 13:47:14

33.799°N

116.089°W

3.1

2.3

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 13:46:51

36.046°N

117.864°W

0.2

1.6

15km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 13:44:09

33.802°N

116.086°W

4.4

1.1

6km WSW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 13:18:16

38.794°N

122.793°W

1.2

1.4

26km SSE of Yosemite Valley, California

2013-04-06 12:53:02

37.534°N

119.434°W

19.3

0.6

3km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 12:39:54

38.823°N

122.764°W

2.5

1.3

8km ENE of Borrego Springs, California

2013-04-06 12:36:18

33.273°N

116.284°W

14.1

0.6

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 12:29:33

36.047°N

117.859°W

2.3

1.1

30km NNW of Searles Valley, California

2013-04-06 12:05:51

36.030°N

117.514°W

7.2

0.8

22km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 12:01:30

33.496°N

116.440°W

9.0

0.9

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 11:49:58

33.810°N

116.103°W

2.5

2.1

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 11:46:08

36.045°N

117.862°W

2.0

0.6

9km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 11:15:21

38.840°N

122.831°W

2.6

1.1

0km SW of Woodinville, Washington

2013-04-06 11:15:18

47.748°N

122.171°W

26.7

1.2

21km NE of Soledad, California

2013-04-06 10:55:13

36.587°N

121.186°W

3.4

1.9

21km ESE of Anza, California

2013-04-06 10:46:37

33.483°N

116.462°W

9.2

0.7

19km ESE of Anza, California

2013-04-06 10:36:22

33.505°N

116.467°W

10.4

0.8

4km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 10:35:03

38.830°N

122.775°W

1.1

0.5

6km ESE of Valle Vista, California

2013-04-06 10:29:31

33.723°N

116.824°W

19.0

1.6

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 10:23:49

33.802°N

116.091°W

2.9

0.4

19km SW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 10:16:02

33.523°N

116.443°W

10.6

0.8

7km WSW of Calimesa, California

2013-04-06 09:46:23

33.961°N

117.128°W

14.7

0.6

5km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 09:29:25

38.837°N

122.779°W

2.1

1.5

8km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 09:24:58

38.810°N

122.816°W

3.1

0.8

5km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 09:20:44

38.841°N

122.779°W

1.8

1.3

46km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 09:07:45

36.063°N

117.874°W

2.4

1.0

46km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 09:07:13

36.062°N

117.874°W

2.1

1.0

15km E of Ephraim, Utah

2013-04-06 09:01:44

39.365°N

111.403°W

16.5

1.1

30km NW of Searles Valley, California

2013-04-06 08:18:24

35.932°N

117.670°W

2.5

0.5

6km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 08:05:22

38.829°N

122.801°W

2.8

0.9

6km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 08:01:25

38.836°N

122.798°W

2.1

0.6

45km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 07:33:01

36.050°N

117.879°W

5.5

1.0

21km WSW of Ferron, Utah

2013-04-06 07:12:29

38.993°N

111.351°W

2.7

0.6

30km NW of Searles Valley, California

2013-04-06 06:55:41

35.926°N

117.685°W

3.8

1.7

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 06:51:59

36.047°N

117.859°W

1.9

0.4

42km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 06:48:39

36.033°N

117.850°W

2.0

2.4

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 06:46:19

36.044°N

117.861°W

1.6

0.8

20km ESE of Anza, California

2013-04-06 06:13:37

33.514°N

116.460°W

13.3

1.2

38km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 06:09:47

35.992°N

117.797°W

2.3

0.3

21km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 06:07:19

33.498°N

116.431°W

9.2

0.9

7km WSW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 05:56:44

38.791°N

122.795°W

3.2

0.7

21km SSW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 05:53:37

33.499°N

116.432°W

10.3

1.7

39km E of Barstow, California

2013-04-06 05:37:18

34.875°N

116.594°W

10.8

1.3

8km NNE of Dillon, Montana

2013-04-06 05:35:41

45.283°N

112.589°W

10.5

1.3

7km SW of Salton City, California

2013-04-06 05:28:27

33.257°N

116.019°W

3.2

0.4

7km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 05:26:25

38.810°N

122.811°W

1.8

1.0

9km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 05:20:32

38.844°N

122.829°W

2.2

1.6

9km S of Idyllwild, California

2013-04-06 04:53:19

33.653°N

116.733°W

16.7

0.9

3km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 04:48:20

38.821°N

122.763°W

2.4

0.6

8km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 04:40:29

38.841°N

122.815°W

0.0

1.7

6km W of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 04:32:33

38.827°N

122.801°W

0.0

1.4

21km SW of La Quinta, California

2013-04-06 04:20:01

33.506°N

116.452°W

8.8

0.5

6km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 03:35:19

38.763°N

122.726°W

4.1

1.5

20km SSE of Aguanga, California

2013-04-06 03:34:29

33.285°N

116.752°W

6.8

1.4

14km NE of Indio, California

2013-04-06 03:32:31

33.802°N

116.087°W

5.2

0.5

6km S of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 03:28:48

38.760°N

122.724°W

4.6

2.0

11km WSW of Progreso, Mexico

2013-04-06 03:15:46

32.535°N

115.699°W

0.0

0.6

5km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 02:51:01

38.839°N

122.787°W

1.0

0.3

6km SSW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 02:50:03

38.764°N

122.750°W

12.6

0.9

4km SW of Cathlamet, Washington

2013-04-06 02:44:40

46.173°N

123.424°W

0.0

1.7

18km NNE of Alamo, Nevada

2013-04-06 02:25:09

37.507°N

115.061°W

9.1

1.7

28km ENE of King City, California

2013-04-06 02:20:28

36.287°N

120.824°W

8.1

1.4

14km S of Opal Cliffs, California

2013-04-06 02:01:35

36.831°N

121.961°W

7.4

0.8

5km SW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 01:48:53

38.789°N

122.762°W

2.0

0.6

5km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 01:41:28

38.840°N

122.786°W

2.2

1.4

50km ENE of Mammoth Lakes, California

2013-04-06 01:24:06

37.890°N

118.492°W

9.7

1.1

5km SW of Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California

2013-04-06 01:15:33

33.711°N

116.762°W

17.1

1.9

11km NE of San Simeon, California

2013-04-06 01:10:01

35.723°N

121.103°W

6.9

0.2

60km WSW of Alamo, Nevada

2013-04-06 01:08:16

37.157°N

115.801°W

4.0

1.6

44km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 00:45:03

36.046°N

117.859°W

1.3

0.2

8km WNW of Cobb, California

2013-04-06 00:37:31

38.840°N

122.823°W

2.4

1.1

11km ESE of Lima, Montana

2013-04-06 00:28:53

44.584°N

112.464°W

4.7

1.5

43km N of Inyokern, California

2013-04-06 00:28:53

36.038°N

117.857°W

1.4

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