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. 

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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