Was there an explosion?

Betty of Norton Shores asked, "Can you find out what I think I heard was an explosion (between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 24). I live on Pontaluna Road in Norton Shores. A neighbor on Grand Haven Road also heard it. "
Mark Brooky
Jul 3, 2013

ANSWER:

At first, I thought it might have been that F-18 jet fighter that landed at the Muskegon County Airport late last month. It was very loud, and maybe that was a sonic boom created by the jet.

But the dates don't line up. The jet left on June 20, according to airport officials, so it's not the culprit.

Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said he heard the "explosion," too. However, there's no reports on record about it.

"With that, we have no idea what cause the sound of an explosion," Shaw said. "No reports of injuries or damage in the area either."

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Comments

Roscoekh

I live on the south end of Lake Harbor Road and heard the same explosion sound two different times a few hours apart. It made me jump both times because it was so loud! It's pretty crazy that no body reported anything!

LessThanAmused

did you report it?

MR. WILLIAMS

It most likely was a large meteor that entered the atmosphere and because of its speed and heat build-up it exploded between 90,000 and 30,000 feet above the earth leaving nothing but tiny dust particles in the air that went undetected and no visible evidence that it ever happened except for its audio footprint that was only detected by human ears as far as we know at this time.

Wag

The reason I found this post was because this past Thursday evening, August 7, my son and I were on the beach at Muskegon State Park. The water was extremely calm and it was deadly quiet. We were gazing at the stars when we suddenly heard a low rumble (which I thought was thunder, so I glanced to the west; I saw nothing). This was followed by another low rumble resembling thunder almost immediately afterward. They were 2 separate and distinct sounds, though. Then suddenly there was a boom. I can't even describe it because I've never heard anything like it, but the closest I can come is a boom. This was simultaneous with the noise of a sudden seiche. We became extremely frightened and ran up the stairs. The waves lasted for several minutes and died down again. As I said, it was extremely calm before. We don't know what this was, but there was a vessel south of us on the public beach that was docked on the shore. I would not described it as a large vessel, but it was not small either and had several lights on it. I have my suspicions as to what it was, but I am not entirely sure. Can anyone confirm hearing this or noticing this? We were the only ones on the beach at the time. It was 10:15 or so p.m. on August 7.

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