Mysterious "explosions" near my house

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  1. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Alright. This is getting just a little weird.

    This past summer I started noticing loud "bangs" that occurred late at night (after 12 always) almost on a weekly basis. These "explosions" were usually muffled, and sounded like large fireworks. Most weren't loud enough for my parents to hear from their bedroom, but that wasn't the case last month. I'm sitting at the computer about 1 AM reading a MySpace Blog, when out of the pitch-black night a series of deafening explosions accompanied by bright flashes seem to resonate from the small field next to my house (it should be noted that I live just off of a busy road with a few small businesses, and a small field with some trees about the size of maybe two good sized house lots separate the main road from our house). There was about six or seven separate explosions about a half second apart, all with flashes. I was scared enough to jump out of my computer chair, running and screaming for cover to the other side of my house with my arms and hands flailing all the way. Totally freaked out, I ran to my parents room and of course, they heard it too. Equally stunned as me, I kept shouting that we should call 911. After looking out the windows towards the field, there was nothing abnormal to report. My father calmed my frantic mother and myself, and assured us to go to sleep and that it was probably just a transformer (however, we still has power, so I was leery to accept that answer). I ended up going to bed, having not the slightest idea of what they were.

    So now, a while has passed without me hearing of them again. But, what happens last night? Same exact thing! Now I'm getting kinda freaked, as I could hear these lesser explosions even tonight. From talking with neighbors, they have similar accounts, but no one can figure out what it is.

    So I ask, does anyone have any ideas on what these smokeless, yet extremely loud and bright explosions could be? Truthfully, I haven't the slightest clue, and they are really freaking me out. :confused:
     
  2. clayj macrumors 604

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    Are there any storm drains, manholes, or other sewer access points back there? Could be a buildup of sewer gas (methane) that builds up and builds up until it finally escapes and hits some sort of ignition source, causing a brief explosion... sort of an unnatural version of Old Faithful the geyser. This could especially be the case if the field is built on top of a landfill, which would be a ready supply of methane gas.

    It could also be kids with fireworks...
     
  3. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    UFO... Aliens... or a more rational explanation like fireworks... flares... guns... ? a bunch of yahoos tripped out on ppc ****ing around?
     
  4. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    having gang wars through your hood man?.....


    Nuff.
     
  5. Lacero macrumors 604

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    I used to live on a farm and the rowdy teenage boys who were our neighbors would build makeshift cannons. They took gunpowder from the shells they had in stock and used rocks as cannonballs. They would set off the cannons at the oddest hours, and every month, built a new cannon. I have no idea how this story applies to you, but just letting you know strange things do happen. Maybe some kids are backfiring their trucks?

    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer thread starter macrumors 601

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    Holy crap, it's amazing you said that, because my house was built on an old landfill of a farm from the 60s! I'm pretty sure that there aren't any access points in the field itself, but there are storm-drains on my street, which runs next to the field. This could be it, very bizarre sounding, and the chances seem like they'd be slim, but I guess it makes some sense.

    2nyRiggz, I doubt that! It's a solid "upper-middle" class neighborhood...
     
  7. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    A group of people with shot guns can usually solve any sort of mystery. Round up the neighbors for an all nighter.

    This is kinda freaky. Glad I live in the downtown metropolis.
     
  8. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    I was thinkin' this too.

    I'd be so spooked out I'd have to move, probably.

    Yes, I'm easily spooked but it could be aliens or drug dealers or something!

    :eek:

    I'd gather up all the neighbors and watch the field all night.

    bring your shot-gun, though.
     
  9. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    sounds like angry mob actions to me.....grap the pick axe and fire stick as well.

    Nuff.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Yeah -- at least we know that the explosions we hear are really gunfire...
     
  11. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    it was terrrists. you should inform the nsa, cia, fbi, and whatever other acronyms you can think of. it's a matter of national security.
     
  12. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Man, I'd hate to see what people high on x86 would look like :eek: :p
     
  13. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    haha drug dealers, so random.

    So why don't you just go outside and look the next time you hear them? Take a flashlight and just go check it out. Worst case scenario, it happens to be a gunfight and you get hit by a stray bullet.
     
  14. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Bah. Return fire! Don't wait for them to crush your initial defenses! This is WAR and in WAR you need to FIGHT BACK! Arm yourself! Load the cannons! Fire the shotguns! Throw the rocks!

    If it is a group of kids, they'll stop after the second or third barrage. If it is methane, it won't. And the aliens will abduct you anyway, so don't bother shooting. Instead, offer them dinner. They like it better that way.

    I'm a tired, crazy, raving, lunatic, and happy that way.
     
  15. Kobushi macrumors 6502a

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    Drug dealers? Chit, Mikey...

    prolly kids with fireworks....or guns. You could be seeing muzzle flash. Or other random things kids do. Our toy was elemental sodium we nicked from the chem lab. That's pretty fun to throw into puddles, sewers, etc. Makes nice booms and flashes too :)
     
  16. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You might want to run and buy some KY, just in case they want to probe you :eek:
     
  17. Plymouthbreezer thread starter macrumors 601

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    So I guess what y'all are saying is it's time for me to invest in a powerful gun...? :D
     
  18. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Could be a neighbor lighting off the nightly beer and bean dinner. ;)
     
  19. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Nah. They're still impressed that everything tastes like chicken. Try it sometime.
     
  20. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Most likely kids with fireworks...happens a lot around where I live.

    Best solution is to go see what's going on, and as in any situation where you are going somewhere you shouldn't necessarily be:

    Look like you own the place and know exactly what you're doing. :)
     
  21. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    or maybe just send a dove and see if he comes back....if he didnt then the world has ended and the aliens win.

    Bless
     
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  23. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Boston Baked Beans and a cigarette lighter make for a dangerous combination. :p I'm sure it'll be okay. You might want to keep an audio recorder handy, just in case you do want to call the police.

    I think my neighbours have a lifetime supply of illegal fireworks as u feel those really strong ones during most any holiday.
     
  24. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    We recently moved to a new house, but at our old one we had a problem with a transformer in our backyard.

    About 2 years ago, for a 3 month period, every Saturday morning at 7am there would be two loud bangs spaced about 5 second apart. Our power would never go out, but a cul de sac street 2 blocks up from us lost power. Finally, the power company realized that the transformer in our backyard was for that street, and the transformer by that street was for our street. So, it's possible that the transformer is blowing, but it's not for your house, just the businesses near you.
     
  25. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    It's definetly terrorists... haven't you seen war of the worlds?

    Do you live near a quarrey? I live maybe a kilometer from one, and they let off some huge explositions. Shake the house.
     

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