January 9 2013 – Salt Lake City, Utah. SALT LAKE CITY — The loud and mysterious booms that shaked houses on Wednesday the 9th of January 2013 across Utah are related to B52 bombing tests, although first suggestions were that the source of these explosion were either earthquakes, rocket tests, sonic booms or meteorite strikes. House Shakings and tremblors were reported by residents and scientists (Catherine Whidden of the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, meteorologists at the National Weather Service office in Salt Lake City) at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The foggy and low cloud cover conditions were perfect to transport and amplify the noise over more than 100 miles. Actually, the B52 bombing tests were executed by the 2nd Bomb Wing of Barksdale Air Force in Louisiana and not by the Hill Air Force Base, about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City which only flies squadrons of sound-busting F-16s.
The B-52s bombing tests will again occur Wednesday night so if you do hear some tonight, you know what they are!