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N4T Investigates: Baffling Booms in Oro Valley

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John Peters thought something had exploded.

"I jumped out of bed and went out and walked around looking for flames or something somewhere that blew up and I saw absolutely nothing," said Peters.

Peter's neighbor Barbara Graf had the same experience days later.

"I thought something had exploded. I was very scared," said Graf.

Turns out nearly everyone living in Oro Valley's Pusch Ridge Estates community was hearing the mysterious noises.

After one of the booms shook his house, Peters called Oro Valley police.

"The sound was so loud it knocked some expensive china out of our cabinets. It shook the whole house," said Peters.

Oro Valley police responded. And while several of their officers have heard the booms, they've haven't been able to figure out what's causing them.

It doesn't appear to be coming from actually within our community but from a far distance away. So we are reaching out to other agencies to see if there is any potential information we can get," said Kara Riley with Oro Valley Police.

While officials haven't been able to figure out a cause the mysterious booms do fit a pattern.

Residents say they usually happen early in the morning before 7 a.m., sound like they are coming from the southwest, and are only heard in the Pusch Ridge community near Linda Vista and Oracle Roads.

News 4 Tucson spoke with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, officials there say they have no airplanes capable of producing sonic booms. 

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