‘Explosion’-type noise rattles area west of The Junction

We’ve received two notes about this so far – anyone else? They both report homes in the 50th/Alaska vicinity shaken by something explosion-like around 6 pm. Nothing on the fire log, though.

15 Replies to "'Explosion'-type noise rattles area west of The Junction"

  • a December 2, 2011 (6:42 pm)

    We heard that in Arbor Heights as well.

  • Dawson December 2, 2011 (6:57 pm)

    3 blocks away and heard nothing

  • Lola December 2, 2011 (8:16 pm)

    Did it shake your house in Arbor Heights? My husband said our house shook and it was by 50th & Alaska.

  • Julie December 2, 2011 (9:15 pm)

    I heard two explosions LAST night on the south side of Gatewood.

  • ttt December 2, 2011 (9:42 pm)

    4 blocks away… nothing

  • Yodog December 2, 2011 (10:29 pm)

    I heard an explosion noise last night in tha arbor heights area. I checked the blog and didn’t see anything and thought nothing of it again.

  • Jtk December 2, 2011 (10:35 pm)

    There was a car accident at about 49th and edmunds at 5-ish. I passed it on my way home. I live at 50th and edmunds and didn’t hear anything at 6. Hmmmmm.

  • DF December 2, 2011 (10:47 pm)

    I second Julie’s observation about Gatewood last night. I checked WSB afterwards looking for answers, guess I should have pinged it in as a question. Sounded vaguely like fireworks, but more concussive. I couldn’t place the direction, but seemed like probably around the water towers.

    • WSB December 3, 2011 (12:21 am)

      Sorry, didn’t hear directly from anybody about that one! One possible factor .. the air stagnation (and at times fog) certainly carries sound differently than other weather conditions. Doesn’t speak to the house-rattling reported tonight, but in some cases, you might hear a sound from the industrial areas (Nucor? train yards?) that you don’t usually hear … But anyway, if it’s handier, keep our number handy, questions welcome at all times as well as reports etc., it’s the line we answer 24/7 – 206-293-6302 – TR

  • marty December 2, 2011 (11:14 pm)

    Excuse me!

  • S5 December 3, 2011 (1:06 am)

    Marty ftw

  • Lola December 3, 2011 (6:10 am)

    Still kind of baffled as to what it could have been? Only one other person from my neighborhood of 50th and Alaska heard it also and they did not know what it was.

    WSB we have heard trains before but they do not shake the house. Maybe it was something that happened out in the water if Gatewood and Arbor Heights heard something?

    JTK I wonder if it was the car crash? I would think that more people would have called in about it if it was severe? Not sure how something like that could shake our house from 2-3 blocks away. I would even think SPD or firemen would know about this also.

    Interesting all the different comments about the noise.

  • Marc December 3, 2011 (4:16 pm)

    I was leaving my sisters house in Arbor Heights sometime after 5:10. While stopped at the light at the intersection of SW 106th St and 26th Ave SW facing East I saw the bright white light of a meteor falling straight down. The light went out as it fell probably a couple hundred feet in the air which sounds like what meteors do when they slow down and cool called dark flight. It was to the East North East of the intersection. Sonic booms or explosions often reported with meteors over miles so I’m wondering if what I saw and what people heard are related. I had the radio on so couldn’t hear anything though.

  • bridge to somewhere December 3, 2011 (4:38 pm)

    There is an extremely loud “bomb” that kids back in the Midwest used to make to blow up mailboxes. I won’t describe how they are made, but they are made with common chemicals, aren’t *very* dangerous, and the noise they made is the loudest blast I’ve heard–far louder than a shotgun.

  • Lola December 4, 2011 (7:13 am)


    A friend of our thought maybe Sonic Boom also. I know the last one we heard in WS was when President Obama came to town and that little plane flew into his airspace so they had the Air Force there in a flash.

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