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Mysterious 'booms' continue with puzzling regularity in Richmond

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    Mysterious booms continue with puzzling regularity in Richmond From NBC12 News Friday, November 19, 2004 Those mysterious booms on Richmond s Northside
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      Mysterious 'booms' continue with puzzling regularity in Richmond

      From NBC12 News
      Friday, November 19, 2004

      Those mysterious booms on Richmond's Northside continue to be-fuddle city officials. They've been happening for three weeks now and residents say no one can tell them why.

      The latest “boom” was just last night. Based on a map of 911 calls received since the booming noises began, the majority came from the area near Palmyra and Gloucester.

      For three weeks, city officials have explored a multitude of scenarios. They've come up empty and still the booms and shakes continue. Officials have looked into every logical explanation: a buildup of sewer or natural gas -- both of which have been ruled out for now. 

      As well as other possibilities: including furnaces blowing up (that would be a one time occurrence), weather patterns like thunder, not likely says the city, construction, trains colliding, sonic booms -- all a no go. 

      City officials won't admit they're stumped, but they're certainly frustrated.

      “It's certainly disruptive and disconcerting when it happens. But I think people understand it's not a public safety issue at this point," says city spokesman Bill Farrar.

      Another possibility is someone playing pranks. Solving the mystery of these "booms" has now become a full-fledged investigation -- involving the fire department as well as emergency management services on both the city and state level.

      The councilmen representing the area plan to hold a special meeting on the booms this Sunday for residents. It'll be at 7 PM at Hermitage Home on Westwood Avenue.
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