Anyone in NOLA area hear the mystery BOOMS? (1 Viewer)

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I have and can say this much.

Heard it once in the middle of an afternoon. It was so loud and so vast in nature, that we could not remotely guess where it originated from. Typically, with any type of loud noise (gun shot, firecrackers, an explosion from a catastrophic event), you can tell generally the direction and the point of origin and react accordingly, if need be. In this case, there was simply no way to determine where to run, hide or direction to head. It was ground rumbling (rolling). I have been around a lot of loud sounds, including explosions. But this sound was very deep. It was the weirdest thing I have ever witnessed or experienced. It was not only me, but my son and tons of others that were playing golf and walking, on a Sunday afternoon at Audubon park. Never gave it much thought when we did not hear any emergency vehicle sirens...etc. Crickets; until it hit the local news last night. Then we knew we heard the same sound many others have been hearing. And this has been happening across the world. The descriptions people have, all match. It is crazy, whatever the heck it is.
 

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Havent heard it but my 2 guesses are:

1) sonic boom from a fighter based out of Belle Chasse NAS

2) an empty container dropping on the wharf - that gets loud
We live in the bywater and it happens semi-often. I've been saying for a while that it is tied to sonic boom of fighter planes. It will legit shake every window in our house.
 

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Used to get something similar in Seattle fairly often, turns out it was those little transformer boxes blowing up from being overloaded.
 

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In Los Angeles it was Army training exercises. Could've maybe been doing the same thing in cities throughout the country?

The noises were part of a U.S. Army training exercise involving aircraft and weapon simulations in urban settings. The training is set to run through Saturday in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Residents may hear sounds associated with the training,” the LAPD said in a news release. “Each location selected enables special operations teams and flight crews to maintain maximum readiness and proficiency, validate equipment and exercise standard safety procedures. The training is essential to ensure service members are fully trained and prepared to defend our nation overseas.”
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-army-training-20190204-story.html
 
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I used to live by a train yard. Booms were pretty common. Either they were connecting the train cars, or a train had an engine backfire.
 

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The reusable RS-25 rocket engines from the Space Shuttle Program are being repurposed for use on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket for Moon/Mars missions.
Those engines are being taken out of storage, refurbished and test fired on a regular basis at NASA's Stennis Space Center, roughly 40 miles east of New Orleans.
I've attended a test. There's a boom when they light it off. After that, it's like standing at the end of a runway listening to a 747 taking off for 15 solid minutes!

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/stennis/rs-25/index.html

 

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