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No Answers for Rattled Old Mystic, Groton Residents About Mysterious Booms

Homeland Security called in to investigate as well after Old Mystic, Groton and Stonington homes shook and residents were shaken by explosion-like booms Friday morning

Update at 3 p.m. 

What’s the deal with the Black Friday booms in Old Mystic?

Old Mystic Fire Chief Kenneth Richards Jr.’s Lantern Hill Road home “physically shook,” at 9:09 this morning: “That was the loudest, the first one.” But there would be two more “just incredible, boom, like explosions,” in the next thirty minutes. The 911 calls came in one after the other, he said, from Al Harvey Road in Stonington to Cow Hill Road in Groton.

“Even residents on River Road in Groton felt it. They said plates fell off kitchen cabinets and pictures fell off the walls,” Richard said. 

So what happened this morning? What were the tremors and booms that rattled, literally, folks?

“Nothing worse when I can’t tell the people what happened. I just have no idea,” he said.

And he’s checked.

Richards said Homeland Security has confirmed there was no military activity (flyovers of aircraft, for example) that could have caused the sounds) and he said there was no seismic activity.

And, Richards said, despite suggestions it may have been construction blasting, he said there are “no permits for blasting around here. We checked.”

So what was it?

Update: Patch has calls in to First Selectman Ed Haberek, town police and officials from the Old Mystic Fire Department to get an update on the enigmatic loud sounds, "like booms," that residents in Old Mystic, and even Ledyard heard this morning. 


Original Story at 11:45 a.m. Friday:

Local officials, police and fire are investigating reports of percussion, tremors and booms in Old Mystic.

According to First Selectman Ed Haberek, there is no evidence or cause as of yet, he said. Homeland Security has been notified has been notified, he said. Haberek said He hopes to have more information within the next hour. Facebook reports and messages to Stonington Patch indicate people on the Stonington side of Old Mystic had their houses rocked, heard large boom sounds and felt as if perhaps there was an explosion nearby. Police and fire have not determined any cause as of yet. Check back with Patch later for details.
Daniella Ruiz November 29, 2013 at 04:21 PM
i had a couple o fbad noises on thursday, it shook my home in waterford severely. only impacted the southern end of the house, as if it were a shock wave travelling northerly. two distinct 'thumps', maybe one more too! i thought the side was hit with a large tree branch. Santa Clause test flights? Aliens? Richard Branson testing another rocket? NSA secretly testing? Bah, the government dudes would never admit they did it anyway!
maryann November 30, 2013 at 07:21 AM
I spoke to someone who said they were blasting in the new development off Pequot Trail Old Mystic. No permits for blasting? Oh dear, could that be illegal?

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