STRANGE: Mysterious Booms at Night and Day in Clintonville, Wisconsin

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Report from WLUK about booming noises and homes that have been shaking in Clintonville.

Residents are reporting hearing strange booms and feeling shaking in Clintonville, Wisconsin since Sunday, March 18, 2012 about 9:30 p.m.
Sunday – Monday Boom Timeline
SUN MAR 18 2012 @9:30 p.m. — Looking back people recalled booms, explosions, rattling noises.

MON MAR 19 2012 @1:45 a.m. — Calls started coming in to emergency operations

MON MAR 19 2012 @2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. — The most frequent booming and shaking was experienced.

MON MAR 19 2012 @5:00 a.m. — Another boom was heard. Then police received at least 30 calls from residents between 5:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

The strange noises and experiences have so far not been detected in the south and west parts of the city.

No source of the booming has been detected. Public works has been checking underground after removing manhole covers. Gas levels and inspections have also been checked in underground sewers and gas lines. The military has been contact to check if any drills have been ongoing in the area.

A seismic station near Clintonville, Wisconsin has recorded unusual ground shaking since Sunday night. Special cameras and other shake detection devices are being set up in the community. The Clintonville Chronicle is reporting that Clintonville City Administrator Lisa Kuss stated that underground activity has been confirmed and is not an earthquake. Only one earthquake has been reported in the past seven days with a magnitude greater than 2.5 in an area defined as east of Colorado to the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. A Magnitude 2.8 earthquake was measured near Charleston, West Virginia on March 16, 2012 at 1505 UTC. See also … all earthquakes in the United States of greater than magnitude 1.0 in the past seven days.

Clintonville, Wisconsin is about 200 miles north of Arlington Heights. U.S. 45 — longest numbered route in Illinois — continues north to Clintonville, Wisconsin. The population in Clintonville is about 5,000. Clintonville is home to the corporate headquarters of Seagrave Fire Apparatus, since it was acquired by FWD Corporation, which was founded in 1909 in Clintonville as the Badger Four-Wheel Drive Auto Company.

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  1. I have just read your story on the loud booms in Clintonville WI. I was at my parents house this weekend with my daughter in Somerset, WI. Somerset is at least some 2 hours west of Clintonville. Around 5pm sunday night my mom, my daughter and I heard a very loud “boom” coming from the south of us towards the direction of the Apple River. The “booms” happened another 2 times during the night and were so loud that we called the police non-emergancy line to see if something was happening but we recieved no clear reply. The neighbor heard the same noise as well and I am possitive alot of others had to as well. I was just wondering if you have recieved other reports from else where in WI, IL, or MN about hearing the booms? It is happening elsewhere.

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