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Official: Booms Around Perry Hall Caused By Aberdeen Proving Ground

An official said it was unusual for the sounds to carry all the way to Perry Hall.

UPDATE (9 a.m., Nov. 20)—An Aberdeen Proving Ground official confirmed that a series of boom sounds heard in the Perry Hall area on Monday were caused by testing at the facility. 

Lynn Witkowski, a public affairs specialist, called the testing "normal," but said it was unusual for it to carry all the way to Perry Hall. 

No further information on the type of testing was available as of Tuesday morning. 

UPDATE (4:30 p.m., Nov. 19)—A loud boom sound shook my house in the north part of Perry Hall late Monday morning. Did you feel it, too? Rumbling sounds seemed to continue into the afternoon. 

Baltimore County police and fire officials said nothing related to the sounds had been reported around Perry Hall. 

It may have been construction, but it may have also been related to Aberdeen Proving Ground testing. 

A media representative for APG was not immediately available for comment. However, the following noise advisory was released last week:

The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, located here plans to conduct several large detonations beginning on or about Nov. 14 and ending on or about Nov. 21. These detonations are likely to generate sound and/or vibration outside the installation boundary. If weather conditions are not favorable in minimizing noise off the installation, firing will be rescheduled.

The U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center, a test center under the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, provides test and test support servicesfor authorized customers, within the Department of Defense and outside theDoD, including government and non-government organizations, both foreignand domestic. ATEC plans, conducts, and integrates developmental testing,independent operational testing, independent evaluations, assessments, andexperiments to provide essential information to decision makers.

Tell us if you noticed the booming sound near your house, and share your theories about the cause in the comments. 

Doug Wood November 19, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I am now in White Marsh and the booms are pretty loud. I was hearing them at my home in Fallston this morning and they were really loud. i can only imagine what they sound like in Aberdeen or on the shore nearby there!!!
Emily Kimball (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I felt a boom at 3:48 p.m. and another at 3:49 p.m.
Cindy Collins November 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I live in the Perry Hall area off Seven Courts and booms were pretty load...sent my dogs to the basement shaking. The house actually shook at times. I assumed it was Aberdeen.
Joe November 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Just heard a few booms at 4:07 p.m.
Sara Jones November 19, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I live in Oliver Beach, Bay Country. I feel booms almost everyday Monday - Friday during the daytime hours. I have a licensed daycare and work from home. Have been home for 4 years and constantly feel the booms. My dog is even scared sometimes. Pictures have been shook off the walls. My windows rattle..
Beth Olcott November 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I heard some loud booms in the late morning...so loud that I got up to look at the window to see if there was a construction type truck outside, but didn't see anything. Glad I wasn't the only one hearing things this morning,
Patricia Single November 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Yes heard the booms around 10:30 am and on. Pretty loud and my dog starting barking. I had read that Aberdeen were going to detonate some explosives.
Grace B. November 20, 2012 at 06:01 AM
Heard them loud and clear in Perry Hall. It's not a new thing though. I've been hearing the explosions on and off for years. They drive my dog crazy.
Emily Kimball (Editor) November 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
UPDATE (9 a.m., Nov. 20)—An Aberdeen Proving Ground official confirmed that a series of boom sounds heard in the Perry Hall area on Monday were caused by testing at the facility. Lynn Witkowski, a public affairs specialist, called the testing "normal," but said it was unusual for it to carry all the way to Perry Hall. No further information on the type of testing was available as of Tuesday morning.
VWK November 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I hear them all the time where I work, near the mall, but this week has been especially bad. I wonder if that's what is wrong with my dog. She has been acting so weird I was getting ready to call the vet. I thought she was sick, but she is terrified of loud noises.
Bill Murray November 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
didnt really hear these before. in Perry Hall... LOUD!
teech November 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
They have been "booming" for a week. I guess the military is getting ready for something overseas.
Evets November 21, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Business is booming at the APG, that's for sure.
Sue November 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
We live between Philadelphia Road and Route 40 in White Marsh. Explosions have been louder than normal and stronger than most felt last year around this time. We have a large house, and usually everything shakes. I hope the testing never sets off an earthquake if that is even possible.
Doing the Best I Can November 21, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I was wondering what all the booming was. Thank you EK for the info!!!
DS November 21, 2012 at 05:34 AM
I just assumed it was another day at White Marsh Mall- just needed the circling helicopters
Adrienne13 December 08, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Uh, I wonder if they are testing again? I heard three late last night between 7-9 pm. I am in the Phoenix area.
jerry beaumont December 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Booms now Dec, 8th 6:30 Phoenix, MD
jerry beaumont December 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Boom, Boom every 15 min. 7:45 Phoenix, MD Am I the only one hearing this ?
Mike Glasser December 09, 2012 at 12:54 AM
We hear it in Timonium also on Saturday Dec 8. Wow!
Bonnie Dalzell December 09, 2012 at 12:57 AM
We heard them tonight in Hydes, MD 7:50 PM or so . Strange but they sound to us like the are coming from the west, not from Aberdeen. Some sort of strange echo if they are actually coming from Aberdeen? Have heard them the previous tow nights - around the same time. Quite loud.

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