Unexplained loud booms have been affecting residents around Grundy County, MO for weeks
3/3/16 – Unexplained loud booms have been affecting residents around Grundy County, MO for weeks, and the cause has yet to be determined.
“It’s weird because it’s unlike most booming noises you hear,” said Glen Briggs, the emergency management director of Grundy County. “If you hear a car crash or something like that, you can pretty well tell which direction it came from. When I heard it, I couldn’t identity which direction it came from. It resembled thunder, but there were no thunderstorms in the area.”
Briggs said those in the geological sciences and engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology have supplied their expertise to help officials find the source. They’ve investigated whether the noises could be tied to groundwater, fracking fluid or the shifting of tectonic plates.
“One interesting geological instance that has occurred in our area before was when some sort of gas was coming out of the ground for no apparent reason,” Briggs said. “They may be correlated, but no one has been able to confirm that a boom has happened in an area where we had reports of gas coming out of the ground.”