…that’s the way some residents of Clintonville, Wisconsin described the unexplained noises they heard early Sunday into Monday morning. The sounds seem to have affected only an eight-block radius where ground shaking was also felt.
All public utilities were checked and nothing unusual was found. According to these article from fox11online, cnn and JSOnline here, here and here, the sounds are all over the place in terms of the witness accounts.
Very interesting descriptions from the news articles:
“It was kind of like constant boom, boom, boom!” said resident Joseph Clauson. “And you could feel like the ground shaking beneath you and whatnot.”
“It almost felt like a heavy duty thunderstorm, but it was shaking though,” said resident Al Miller.
The sounds — variously described as rattling pipes, clanging metal, thunder or firecrackers — have continued on and off since early Sunday night in just one part of the small town of 4,600, located about 180 miles northeast of Madison.
Jolene VanBeek, who lives on Lincoln Ave., said she first heard a loud sound – like a sonic boom or two trains coupling – about 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.
“We thought neighbors were slamming their doors super hard,” she said Monday. “It was a loud noise and then shaking.”
There have been many incidents of strange rumblings in unlikely places recently. I haven’t been posting these accounts because there are so many and they’re all unexplained. I have included this incident because of the bizarre witness accounts. Since this seems to be affecting a small area, I suspect the source will be discovered. If not it’s just another mystery noise.
UPDATE 3/20: The noises appear to have intensified overnight and are spreading. They’re reexamining the water system.
UPDATE 3/20 #2: The water system has been ruled out again. See here.
UPDATE 3/20 #3: The city may deploy motion sensors to determine the source. Most of the booms are occurring at night. See here.
From the article:
Scientists are telling Kuss that this is not seismic activity. It is not related to a local dump and it is not being caused by the sewage treatment plant on the river. It is not being caused by military activities, blasting, quarrying or sand and gravel mining, Kuss said.
UPDATE 3/20 #4: Melting ice to blame for ground-shaking in Clintonville? A very interesting theory here.
UPDATE 3/21: Witness interviews in video below.
UPDATE 3/21 #2: Wow they can hear and feel it but they can’t record it. Weird. Story here.
The city of Clintonville set up audio and video recorders overnight Wednesday but didn’t capture anything. There was at least one loud boom at 5 a.m.
UPDATE 3/21 #3: This has now made national news. Probably the first time this has happened since I started documenting these events. If they can’t find it yet and have ruled out all possibilities with experts, I wonder if they will. Remember, there have been tons of these booms all over the country that haven’t been explained. Most made the local news stations. The big difference here is that the booms are recurring over days. This hasn’t happened before with most events being single or multiple booms in minutes. Here are some videos of booms from recent months here. There are more scattered throughout this blog. Also most of the time the booms are described as both sky and ground felt. Some of them are meteors. The national news article and video are here.
MORE AFTER THE JUMP…
The below video was recorded and covered in this blog back at the beginning of February. I wrote a long article about it and will include it in this post because it’s 100 miles from Clintonville. If you aren’t familiar with this Fish Creek video the post is here.