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-=[For The Record]=- C.E.: Booms in Butler County,

From: Kenny Young <ufo@FUSE.NET>
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 05:23:12 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 09:28:07 -0500
Subject: -=[For The Record]=- C.E.: Booms in Butler County,

Mysterious Sounds Heard in areas near Butler County, Ohio
Reported by WCPO Channel-9 News, Cincinnati

Laura Randall of WCPO Channel-9 News reported Sunday, January 10
of very strange sounds heard near residential homes in Butler
County, Ohio. The situation involved explosive booms and thuds
which alarmed residents in parts of Fairfield, Ohio (18-miles
north of Cincinnati).

An earlier newscast by WCPO reporters addressed the numerous
phone calls to police dispatch offices, stating that the
disruptions had been attributed to an underground phenomenon
known as 'ice heaving' or 'frost cracking.' This explanation was
reportedly offered by persons at The National Weather Service
office, located in Wilmington, Ohio.

Interestingly, WCPO News in this later report informed that a
local geologist, University of Cincinnati Professor Dr. Kenneth
Hinkle, refuted the 'frost-cracking' theory and informed that
such explanations were not workable in this instance.

"In the High Arctic, frost-cracking resembles a sharp snap
similar to a rifle report, which can be felt," Hinkle stated for
the newscast.

The National Weather Service believed that a combination heavy
rain and rapid freezing led to the mysterious sounds heard by
alarmed residents.  Hinkle was curious, and after conducting an
investigation, added that frost-cracking was a most unlikely

Hinkle took a garden spade and put the frost-cracking theory to
the test, but found that the snow had insulated the top-soil
from the bitter cold. While cameras were rolling, Hinkle
demonstrated that the sub-surface conditions were not condusive
to frost-cracking.

Also noted on the newscast was a Ms. Jenny Morgan of Fairfield,
who reported that she heard something similar to a shotgun

A second resident told of suspecting someone had thrown
'snowballs' at her house, while a third person described what
they thought was a supersonic crash.

At least 13-callers reported suspicious and frightening noises.
A police dispatcher, interviewed for the new report, remarked
that many people were complaining of possible break-ins or kids
throwing snowballs and hitting houses.

WCPO reporters finalized their piece by stating: "We are left
with an unsolved mystery."

In the late sixties, a series of unexplained events took place
in Southern Ohio, in which dozens of persons reported unusual
thumping or knocking sounds heard on their roofs. A re-typed
copy of this newspaper article will be available on the internet
at a later date.

During the fall of 1973, sonic anomalies were frequently
correlated with UFO sightings. Details of these reports can be
viewed at:


On May 9 and 15 of 1997, a series of sonic oddities perplexed
persons throughout various quarters of the Cincinnati area.
Details of these reports can be viewed at:


In some instances, the populace has been concerned by the sonic
outburst caused by military jets breaking the sound barrier.
Sonic booms, largely restricted over populated areas, frequently
cause alarm. Due to the continuous outbursts and the localized
residential areas where the recent disruptions are reported, it
seems hasty to apply such an explanation without careful review.

January 11, 1998
Kenny Young
UFO Research

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