The mysterious booms are back in Birmingham. Did you hear them?

Boom reports logged on the Bama Boom Tracker. (Bama Boom Tracker)
Boom reports logged on the Bama Boom Tracker. (Bama Boom Tracker)

Mysterious booms heard across Alabama are back again after perplexing Alabamians for months last year. Many residents heard a similar boom in Birmingham again around 10 AM Friday, March 22. What happened?

What’s that noise?

A sound that has been described as a loud boom was heard across many cities around Birmingham. Some of the areas that experienced the event include: Arab, Anniston, Cullman, Center Point, Jasper, Hayden, Gardendale, Oxford, Talledega, Trussville and Warrior.

According to the Bama Boom Tracker, many of the booms were heard along I-20 and I-459.

So. What was it this time?

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there has been no sign of an earthquake, smoke or fire. So what caused the series of loud booms to explode across parts of Alabama earlier today?

In 2018, experts never found a singular cause of the booms. They did, however, collect quite a few hypotheses. Such as:

  • Skyquake—a meteorological phenomenon generated by the contrast of hot and cold air masses
  • Distant Lightning
  • Earthquakes
  • Noise from mining operations and blasts
  • Meteors
  • Supersonic aircraft
  • Sonic booms

The reason for Friday’s big booms are still unknown. We’ll keep you posted!

Log your boom, Birmingham!

Did you hear any of the mysterious booms? You can log them on the Bama Boom Tracker website.

Did you hear it? Do you have any idea what/who caused the boom? Send us your hypothesis on social @BhamNow!

Christine Hull
Christine Hull
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