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Loud Booms in Night Continue to Mystify Novato Residents, Police

Eight complaint calls made about latest blast heard early Monday morning.

Those heard in the middle of the night just keep happening in Novato.

Sgt. Eric Riddell said the department received eight calls in a five-minute period early Monday morning by people who heard a loud sound. He said the first report came in at 1:31 a.m. and the calls came from all over the central, western and northern parts of the city.

Riddell said the department gets calls regularly about the booms and there is only one way to figure out the source.

“Unless somebody sees it happening, it’s going to be tough” to figure out what it is, he said. “I’m pretty sure we don’t have an arrest on this.”

Police have received calls from people who are convinced what they heard was a gunshot, a backfiring car, old World War II-era weapons, fireworks, or a power line transformer blowing up. Riddell said one theory is that someone is shooting or floating something in the air and making it explode, resulting in the sound fanning out further and causing the spread-out call pattern from concerned residents.

Looking at the call pattern, “It’s not like you can just draw a circle because it’s so big,” Riddell said.

Jam January 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM
Can they really not do anything about this? I mean this is ridiculous.
dcristi January 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM
It's about 3:45am and another explosion occurred. This has been happening for the past hour and a half. It's definitely an explosion of some type. I thought at first it might be an M-80 or something but it's definitely much stronger. I did not hear the earlier ones since I was out of town. I live in the San Marin area and thought the explosions could be coming from the power plant up the road, on Novato Blvd, as you head out towards Stafford Lake. I did not report these bit found this site and wanted to document this occurrence as well. I see other people have heard explosions in this area tonight as well.
Kat Bayer January 13, 2013 at 04:27 PM
It turns out Novato is not the only town experiencing loud booms and other sounds. For those that have not heard, these booming sounds have been happening world-wide. And so far, there is no solid explanation. ARTICLE: Mysterious Booms, Strange Noises In The Sky Being Heard All Over The World? URL: http://tinyurl.com/akr8ue6 Take a look at some of the comments below the article.
Marilyn February 22, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Three times this past week, daylight, blue skies and no rain. Power did go out after one. Wonder if related??
Carl March 08, 2014 at 03:38 AM
One just went off really loud tonight

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