|Occurred : 1/25/2009 03:15 (Entered as : 01/25/2009 3:15)
Reported: 1/25/2009 10:52:38 PM 22:52
Location: Greensboro, NC
Duration:7 to 9 seconds
|High Explosion-Loud Hish-Ground-shaking Boom
January 26, 2009 12:51 AM Nancy Woodell McCracken 413 Woodlawn Avenue Greebsoro, NC 27401 TE 336- 274-4135 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Report for January 25, 2009, 3:16 AM for National UFO Reporting Center As I was working at the computer in the back room of my house, I heard a terrifically loud seemingly close "explosion".
In the moment I was thinking, "Okay, the tranformer just blew out, I am about to loose power and all this work", I heard about 2 seconds later a close intense LOUD hishing-whooshing sound, as if something passed over head and down. Then in THAT moment I thought, "Who's firing an illegal-grade bottle rocket". Upon hearing a second LOUD boom that shook the ground enough to notice, not violently, I thought, "Oh My God, has a house blown up?". I turned to look out the window to my west because the motion lights came on outside due to the movment of the taller shubbery in a stiff sudden breeze.
It was aleast a 20-25 mph gust from the north. The sonic incident lasted a total of about 7 to 9 seconds, and there was no light of any that I noticed. The gust of wind was short-lived. I was headed for the telephone, so I did not time it.
Fearing a gas leak/explosion, I called 911. This was at approximately 3:20 AM. The operator did not even ask details of my home address, however, she did ask if I was near certain streets in my neighborhood.
Within 30 seconds numerous police and fire vehicles were headed into my neighborhood, and I went out to see and speak to an officer, telling exactly what I experienced. My husband was asleep, but was awake when I called for him, he says something woke him, but he did not know what it was. He did mention feeling a tremble or shaking. He was upstairs.
At 3:30 AM my neighbor was walking from the north end of Woodlawn Avenue, to his house at the next block south. He does not wish to be identified.
He is a retired, very well educated professional in educational and technical fields. He was awakened by the second loud boom, percieved that it was at ground level, and had headed down the street because he was sure someone's house had blown up. We dicussed, I told of the preceding boom and whoosh-hishh, and that strange wind gust. It was very cold, and I went inside, and called your hot-line.
Police and fire sirens were continually heard from 3:20 AM to at least 4:45 AM by me, going all around the surrounding area from downtown to northern Greensboro.
I checked the weather conditions, because I wondered that this could have somehow been a meteor event that was somehow without visible light. The ceiling was 3500 feet and below, winds were 5 mph, the clouds were thick, the humidity only 44%, temperature was 29 degrees F.
I am 50 years old, well-educated I suppose, and a professional musician.
I often work at night in my home. Unless someone tells me otherwise, I know that first BOOm was above ground, sonic in nature, and am doubtful that it was produced by military aircraft. My father was a pilot, and in the 1960s we grew up under a sky where the military practiced sound barrier breaking. That whhosh-hisshh was a descending sound. The second BOOM was near or on ground level, the floor did shake. The wind, possibly, associated with the event, I can't be sure.
There is an expansive park in the area where, from my perspective, this event concluded, and the fast wind came from that area. As of now, no news of damage, explosions, mischief, or anything else are known to me. If you have more info or need more, please feel free to contact me.