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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 February 03, 2012 at 09:05 AM
There goes another one.
Christine February 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I heard it too. A loud BOOM! I am off Novato Blvd by san Marin Drive.
Norma Dawson February 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I didn't hear the one last night, but I am convinced they are coming from an area close to us, we have friends that hear them over by the Square in the Grande Vista area. I'm thinking the park. Very loud, much more than a back fire or gun shot
Robert J. Cleek February 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
You're kidding, right? Must be. You can't possibly be serious. Illegal methamphetamine manufacture involves the use of acetone, which is highly flamable. If anyone ever heard a meth lab "explode," there'd be one heck of a fire and debris all over the place... not some "mysterious boom" that leaves no damage in its wake.
Robert J. Cleek February 03, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Given that these as yet unexplained "booms" have caused no trace of damage anywhere, I do think that accompanying the article with a photo of a WWII fragmentation grenade is really over the top. There's no point in stirring up fear in the populace when these noises are obviously harmless sonic booms created by extraterrestrial stealth spacecraft which otherwise operate silently owing to their electormagnetic pulse engines. They've been regularly flying out of a hidden base on the south side of Mt. Burdell ever since they lost their lease when Hamilton AFB closed. Ask any of the Novato old timers and they'll tell you the UFO "Foo Fighter" sightings out of Hamilton were a regular occurance back in the day.
Jam February 03, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I'm in close proximity to Pioneer Park and Miwok and I definitely think that's where it could be coming from. I'm really tired of these noises...can't these idiots find something else to get their jollies? I hate people.
Jam February 16, 2012 at 06:45 AM
There we go again wahoooo. I'm just using this space to document them at this point because it's just outrageous.
Bob Laru February 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
How about "dry ice bombs"? Just a rapid dissemification of the containment vessel. No flash, no flame, only a boom. Hard to trace.
Bob Laru February 16, 2012 at 04:58 PM
oops. Senior moment. The word is dissemination. Sorry about that.
Bob February 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I don't think these are isolated to a particular area, when I hear them, sometimes they are close by and other times they are distant. Twice when they were extremely close to my house, I quickly ran outside and there was a large cloud of smoke on/next to the street. On one occasion there was a pedestrian down the street walking my way. I waited until he got to my location and asked him what he saw and he said someone threw something from a car that exploded. It sounded louder than a cherry bomb, more like a M-80. With these folks being mobile there is no single point of origin
Jam February 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
THAT was a loud one.
Jam February 20, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Yes I heard the boom, frankly I'm really tired of hearing them.
Norma Dawson February 20, 2012 at 06:37 AM
I heard it as well, but it didn't seem as loud as the others to me. Somewhere around Pioneer Park as always.
Norma Dawson February 20, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Loud enough to scare the dog into my lap.
Jam February 20, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Virginia Ave close to Simmons.
Kat Bayer April 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
3:15 am on Thursday, April 12, 2012 I was startled awake by thunder so loud and forceful that it felt like a ton of bricks was landing on our roof shaking the whole house. It seemed to last at least 10 seconds. It was raining outside, but I didn't hear any thunder after that point. I walked around the house to make sure there wasn't any damage -- found none. If it wasn't thunder, then it had to have been an explosion of some kind. If so, then it felt more underground.
Tony Elshout April 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Hey Bob, I believe the answer is simple, it is called thunder and lightening.
Jam April 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM
That thunder was INSANE!! It shook our house too.
Jam April 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Hey Tony that *really* makes sense considering this has been going on during all times of the year for awhile now. Are you using last nights thunder as an excuse for something that's obviously been an ongoing problem for awhile? I guess we're all just idiots for not being able to recognize the sounds of "thunder and lightening" on a perfectly clear summers night. RIGHT.
Karen April 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
It was thunder. I saw the flash of lightening only a second before the thunder sounded. Scared the cat.
Jam September 15, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Heard more tonight. A bunch of tame firework sounding pops and then another big one. I really do think it's coming from S. Novato Blvd. We investigated from our backyard but didn't see anything out on the road. It's obviously close though because the small fireworks were shaking our walls...
Anne Nelson January 13, 2013 at 06:37 AM
January 12th, 10:30pm. The sound often occurs between 10-11pm, although sometime later. Seems to come from around Pioneer Park area. Sounds to me like a loud shotgun or rifle - definitely an explosion of some sort. This is not a sound of a natural phenomenon. We've heard it on and off since we moved to Novato eight years ago. It's only in northern Novato. I wish that NPD would/could do something about it. It's startling and potentially dangerous.
Norma Dawson January 13, 2013 at 06:53 AM
I heard them tonight as well, sounded like gun shots, not like the previous explosive sounds we have heard in the past, these were much quieter. Heard one last night as well.
Jam January 13, 2013 at 07:13 AM
I did too. There was a party going on nearby and I assumed someone from the party was letting off fire crackers.
KIM January 13, 2013 at 07:37 AM
It was a little different tonight--multiple booms instead of one, but as always a Saturday night after 10 PM....
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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