A loud boom that rattled both the ground and residents of Louisiana and shook the earth around 4:30 p.m. Monday – thought by some to be a sonic UFO, others to be meteorite slamming into the ground – has yet to be identified. The National Weather Service has reported that a dense debris field, over 1,000 high, had been spotted in the area near Shreveport, where the boom was heard.
Shreveport residents who described the noise said it sounded like a sonic boom. Local affiliate Fox8Live on Oct. 15 reported that the “radar image appears similar to the debris field that was seen as a result of the explosion at [Louisiana National Guard’s] Camp Minden in October 2012. Only this time, it appeared to originate in an area south of Wallace Lake in extreme northern DeSoto Parish, east of I-49.”
According to reports, residents said the boom rattled their walls and windows. Others said the reverberations knocked items off of their shelves. Meteorologist Marty Mayeaux said the boom was not the result of a lightning strike, and that the debris field would have been visible for a few hours Monday. Yet no residents have come forward to indicate they saw any rising smoke or ash.
Adds Fox8: “Mayeaux says he doesn’t know why someone in the area of the debris field would not have reported seeing something. Based on the time frame and the fact that the radar scans every 6 minutes, he believes something had to have smoldered for 10 to 15 minutes in order for the debris to rise to the height that it did and remain on the radar for as long as it did.”
“Whatever happened that radar detected, it didn’t elicit a response from people in the area,” Mayeaux said.
WLOX.com out of Biloxi reported on one resident who said the boom lifted her furniture off the floor. “My couch came up off the floor a little bit, my back wall felt like it was going to cave in, it was so loud,” said Greenwood resident Linda Stewart.
Despite the boom being heard in areas across parts of Northwest Louisiana, Southwest Arkansas and Northeast Texas, no explanation has been found. The list of possible sources are narrowing – officials at both Camp Minden and Barksdale Air Force Base reported nothing amiss, no explosions have been reported from nearby refineries, and the United States Geologic Survey is reporting no seismic activity in the region Monday.
Folks at Lunar Meteorite Hunters are reporting that the boom may be sourced from a meteor’s “sound barrier deceleration” or a meteorite striking the ground. Bloggers on the site are also reporting that the debris field was on radar “in the same location 15 minutes prior to the event.”
Of course, the lack of a confirmed explanation three days later now has individuals talking UFO’s, even an ISIS air strike. Sound off below on what you think is the source of the Louisiana loud boom.