Booms in Baraboo: Authorities baffled at weird phenomena

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Residents and police officers in the aptly named town of Baraboo, Wisconsin have reported hearing weird booming noises accompanied by bright flashes of light, paralleling the experiences of people in the town of Clintonville 130 miles to the north.

Authorities are baffled at the weird phenomena, and have ruled out lightning strikes or transformer blowouts as explanations for what people are witnessing.

“We don’t know if we have Clintonville going on here or what,” said Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf told the Baraboo News Republic.

Residents started reporting the booms in the early hours of Sunday morning at 1am, with posters on the town’s public service Facebook page also saying they heard the same thing, including strange bright flashes of light that preceded the booms.

A Baraboo police officer noted in his report, “I observed a large flash of light followed by a ‘boom,’” I advised dispatch of this information and my belief that it was possibly a transformer.”

However, when Sauk County Sheriff’s Department contacted Alliant Energy, the company confirmed there had been no power outages in the area.

45 minutes later, a deluge of reports then flooded in from residents across the city about a second flash followed by a huge boom.

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Stormy weather was also ruled out as a potential explanation. “There doesn’t appear to have been any t-storms in that area Sunday morning,” said Ed Townsend, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Sullivan office. “I can’t think of anything else (weather-related) that would lead to a flash.”

Strange bright flashes of light were observed during the earthquake that devastated Fukushima last year in Japan.

Three separate Wisconsin towns have all now reported hearing strange booming noises over the course of the last few weeks. Residents of the town of Montello, 80 miles away from Clintonville and 42 miles north of Baraboo, also reported hearing the sounds last month.

Residents in Clintonville have been skeptical of claims that a “swarm of earthquakes” are responsible for the noises, noting Wisconsin’s lack of previous seismic activity and the fact that the booms were first reported before the USGS said the earthquakes began.

Debate has raged over a number of alternative explanations, including CO2 sequestration storage, which has been documented to cause “small to moderate earthquakes,” improper disposal of wastewater from a natural gas fracking operation (also documented to cause earthquakes), or more exotic explanations such as the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) or secret underground military tunneling.


Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.

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