Mysterious Lights and Booms Over North-Central Indiana Tuesday and Wednesday


File photos of F-16 aircraft from the 2004 Chicago Air & Water Show.

WED APR 16 2008 — Loud booms and strings of lights two nights in a row over north-central Indiana may have been Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing F-16 fighter jets on training missions.

The booms shook houses in the Kokomo area about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday with similar reports Tuesday over Logansport.

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Police switchboards in Howard and Tipton counties were flooded with calls from residents who saw bright lights just that preceded a loud sound like a sonic boom Wednesday night. Emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers took 146 phone calls within a 15-minute period between 10:25 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. (The 9-1-1 center usually averages 15 to 20 calls between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.)

The Air National Guard was on training missions during the week, but sonic booms were not reported on the official ANG 122nd log. A police official heard jets after he heard one of the booms. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at