UPDATED: Orange County's Big Boom Sound Mystery Solved

The U.S. Navy confessed to being the culprit

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Originally posted at 3:51 p.m. April 9, 2014. Updated with new details.

A loud boom today generated calls to emergency agencies in Orange County and authorities had trouble tracking down what caused it -- until the U.S. Navy confessed to being the culprit.

A U.S. Navy aircraft was conducting a supersonic flight that caused a sonic boom about 50 miles off the coast in an operation with the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, according to Navy Lt. Reagan Lauritzen.

An earthquake was initially ruled out.

"We reached out to Caltech, and they said it's not seismic; it's sonic- related," said Vicki Osborn, an assistant emergency manager in the sheriff's department.

Officials at the Camp Pendleton Marine base were also mystified.

The base, south of the Orange County line, had no training scheduled or conducted today, Sgt. Christopher Duncan said.

"Right now we're calling around, seeing if any aviation assets maybe created some sound," Duncan said this afternoon.

An official at Edwards Air Force Base north of Lancaster was also unaware of any sonic events.

--City News Service

phil April 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
fear not, old timer. active families still find ways to participate in relatively unstructured outdoor events. need proof? go to T St beach (or any other in town) on any sunny weekend and see three generations in the water together. its a very cool thing.
OldTimer April 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Phil, I understand your point. But what you referred to aren't neighborhood games (like the b-ball courts at Laguna). People come from all over the county to play there. I am specifically referring to games in individual neighborhoods. Like touch football - which we played constantly at my old stomping grounds. It solidified neighborhoods. It brought people closer. It was healthy and fun at the same time. It built neighborhood commeraderie. It built healthy friendships. It promoted healthy competition. Today I witness alienation in the neighborhoods. The kids play solitary games on their computers. I see very little interaction amongst the neighborhood boys and girls like we had when I was a youngster. I hope that clarifies my thoughts for you, phil. Thank you for your thoughts as well.
Joker Joe April 10, 2014 at 01:30 PM
And there was kick the can. Stick ball and hide and seek. I payed 5 cents for a fire cracker and I was in Hog heaven. 5 cents was a lot for me at the time. N.Y. had the fireworks vendors selling them out of their cars. Also miss those days.
bbq April 10, 2014 at 03:48 PM
OldTimer said: "I've always had a soft spot for the side that got trounced." I know, those poor Nazi's got "trounced." Had they not, they would now rule the world and those still allowed to "live" would be marching the German goose step. _______________________________________________ As far as kids not playing in neighborhoods nowadays, you can (partially) thank the good old homeowners associations for that!
OldTimer April 10, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Hi bbq. I figured that somebody would pounce on that. I was speaking from a philosophical sense rather than a political sense. But I didn't expect everybody to catch on. So now instead of the germans ruling the world, we do. We have our foot in practically every nation on earth. I bet that suits you much better and makes you happy. Because, of course, we are the good guys and have earned the right to tell everybody else how to live. And that's fine. I like it when people are happy. Oh, and I won't blame the homeowners associations. I blame general alienation which is a normal progressive consequence that generally goes hand in hand with prosperity. Oh, and the reason I don't see any kids cutting grass anymore for spending money is because the illegals have captured that market and taken it away from the youngsters in southern California.


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