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OEM Director Jon Ayres

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 12:20 pm

A loud, explosion-like sound that was heard across the majority of the county this morning has local officials scratching their heads.

The boom, which occurred at about 9:30 a.m., shook windows in several Lebanon area locations and was heard as far away as Conway, Falcon and Marshfield, but scanner traffic indicated that an officer in the Sleeper area heard nothing.

Laclede County Office of Emergency Management Director Jonathan Ayres told the Daily Record that his office, which is located across from the Laclede County Government Center on Adams Avenue, was shaken by the sound, but its exact cause may remain a mystery.

"We have no clue," he said. "It could have been a sonic boom. Typically when that happens, we have a hard time getting the military to confirm or deny if that is what it was. It really didn't sound like a sonic boom in my office, but we just don't know what it was. We haven't had any reports of fires or anything that could be the result of an explosion. We are pretty much having to write it off as an unknown."

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  • monster7of9 posted at 9:28 pm on Thu, Mar 22, 2012.

    monster7of9 Posts: 1

    Found more cases about this booms elsewhere

  • butterfly posted at 12:36 pm on Thu, Sep 29, 2011.

    butterfly Posts: 9

    ReallyLebanon? No I am one of those people who seek the truth.....I understand how confusing that can be to someone who assumes that everyone who doesn't believe everything that is said is a crazy person living in the woods. Nope to they contrary I am an intelligent person who does not believe everything I am told. When you do, you end up with all the corruption you see today!! Stand tall you fridge talking hippies on wall street!! We, the smart ones who understand how bad we are being screwed, stand with you!!

  • Fruit First posted at 11:53 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    Fruit First Posts: 1

    Tuesday my son and I was working inside a new home and there was a large explosion shaking the house, also had a crescendo of echoes for at least 10 seconds after the initial blast. We are located in Lebanon, MO.
    I was in the Air Force from 1959 to 1963 working with SAC Command traveling around the country scoring Low Level bomb runs as well as high altitude supersonic runs. I have heard and seen hundreds of supersonic flights during that time.

    My son and I went outside to see if we could see anything and there was a high altitude jet flying from east to west, my son ask if it could have been a sonic boom? I immediately told him no as the aircraft wasn't far enough past our location to have been flying supersonic, at that time it made a tight u turn and headed back east with the normal sound of an aircraft flying above 65,000 feet. I did some checking today and no one will admit to anything, Fort Leonard Wood Army base nor Whitman Air Force Base. The local media has no idea. The blast was heard 45 miles south of us 30 miles east of us but not 20 miles west or 15 miles north which eliminates any chance of a sonic boom, as the aircraft made a turn to the right which would have been north and went back east again. I think the only thing that makes any sense would be dropping a high altitude percussion bomb south and east of us, as the Aircraft was south of us west bound. But Why? It did create a sinkhole the size of a basketball in a farmer’s yard but that isn't too uncommon in this area.
    The address above gives some info but no solution.

    Do you have an idea?

    Andy Miller

  • paul84 posted at 10:38 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    paul84 Posts: 85

    Really ReallyLebanon? A boom that was heard from the Fort all the way to Springfield would "likely" be a meth lab? Must be a big one. We know what it was and why "nobody else does." Ask a soldier who isn't afraid of being punished and you might find out too.

    Of course all of this was told to me by the fridge in the woods.

  • ReallyLebanon posted at 7:28 pm on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    ReallyLebanon Posts: 1

    Really Butterfly?? Are you one of those people who hide out in the woods and swear that your fridge talks to you?? They are looking into what it is. lol, and while meth lab would be a likely suspect, I know that wasn't it either. Anyways I'm sure it wasn't as big of a deal and everyone is making it out to be. We are all still alive and as we know it life should continue on as normal.

  • MIssyDee posted at 12:03 am on Wed, Sep 28, 2011.

    MIssyDee Posts: 4

    probably a meth lab explosion...[ohmy]

  • kidcoy posted at 6:37 pm on Tue, Sep 27, 2011.

    kidcoy Posts: 3

    Sonic boom it was not. I have heard sonic booms from everything from fighter jets to the shuttle comming back in to the atmosphere and it was most defineatlt an explosion of some sort as evidenced by the sharp crack reverberating right after the "boom". I did hear an aircraft after the "boom" but it was a prop job and could never make that "boom". Now find out what blew up!

  • butterfly posted at 5:18 pm on Tue, Sep 27, 2011.

    butterfly Posts: 9

    We all know what a sonic boom is from living here during the 90's, however no one is saying what it was to ANYONE and it's illegal because of the 90's and all the "testing". It was heard from Springfield to the Ft. so if it was they were traveling at mach1 or faster for a long period of time which is illegal, as I said. That being said, where is the FCC right now? With all these complaints and no one knowing what happened (police stations, all counties it was heard in, news reporters, and so on) you would think this area would be crawling with them trying to figure this out. I trust no one when no one knows what happened.....question everything! When you don't you end up with a country being overrun by corporations and greed......