The boomers keep coming, heard and felt for miles around Blytheville, shaking windows and raising concerns, but no one seems to know what’s causing them.
“The City of Blytheville and the Blytheville Police Department are aware of the recent ‘blasting’ attacks,” the police said in a Facebook post. “We have received several calls about these events and find these events to be alarming and concerning.”
The residents of Blytheville, a city of over 13,000 in the northeast corner of Arkansas, have a few ideas of their own, perhaps earthquakes, perhaps undisclosed military activity, a potential Russian invasion, or “the recipe from the meth lab is gone bad,” the comments read.
The apparent explosions are so powerful they are shaking homes, including those in nearby communities, people living in the area say.
“Glad someone (is) taking this seriously enough to let us know,” one person commented on the post.
“I find it sad that so many are joking about this,” wrote another. “Many are negatively affected by the noise of this.”
Another popular suggestion is that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is blowing up beaver dams using explosives. However, an agency spokesman said no one blows up dams this time of year.
It could also be someone using tannerite for target practice, some suggest. Tannerite is a mixture of aluminum powder and ammonium nitrate, it explodes impressively when hit and is quite popular with shooters with sufficient ground access to use it safely.
“While we do not know the exact cause or source of these events, please note that these ‘explosions’ are not occurring within the city limits of Blytheville,” police said in the post.
Police are asking anyone with information about the cause of the explosions to contact the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office at 870-658-2242.
McClatchy also reached out to the sheriff’s office for comment.
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