Mysterious boom baffles Victoria residents

Natassia Bonyanpour By Natassia Bonyanpour

March 8, 2015 at 11:41 p.m.
Updated March 9, 2015 at noon

In the darkness of night, many Crossroads residents experienced an eerie, inexplicable phenomenon, giving new meaning to the phrase "things that go bump in the night."

They never anticipated the tremendous noise they heard - and felt - seemingly right outside their homes the night of March 2.

A few hours after day turned dusk, some described a loud boom, instantly followed by a vibration.

Some heard a slight rattle of windows, while others described the tremors of an earthquake.

Victoria County resident Liz Heiser said she and her neighbors quickly rushed outside to investigate.

She said her mind raced with possibilities - a home exploding, a wreck at a nearby highway - but outside, was only stillness in the dead of night.

"It scared me," she said. "It felt like something hit my house loud. I grabbed my flashlight and went outside, but I didn't see anything."

Heiser was not alone.

Many shared their accounts of the unexplainable incident via social media throughout that Monday night.

Some speculated the trembling of their homes could be the ground shaking during an earthquake, others theorized it all was caused by a natural gas pipeline explosion.

One Mission Valley resident said it could have been a sonic boom from an unidentified flying object - though Heiser said she saw no little green men surrounding her home.

"It was just one loud boom," she said. "I have never heard that in the past. Living out in the country, you are very aware of noises out here. We hear deer and skunks all the time."

Heiser, who has lived in the area for four years, said she assumed the role of "Miss Detective" for the last couple of days, but has found no resolution.

Lt. Thomas Eisman, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, said he received five calls from the westside of Victoria County regarding the loud noise.

"Our patrol officers focused their attention in and around where the noise came from," Eisman said in an email. "They could not locate the source of the noise."

The Advocate did its own research to find answers - to no avail.

About the same time Monday night, a 3.2 magnitude earthquake shook the ground more than 500 miles away in Waukomis, Okla., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That would not make the noise residents described.

Natural gas providers could not confirm explosions or issues with pipelines in the area on the night.

The National Weather Service in Corpus Christi also offered no explanation.

Heiser said she will continue to keep a lookout around her home for any suspicious activity.

"I have never experienced anything like this," Heiser said. "It's bizarre."



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