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Did You Hear a 'Loud Bang' in Salem Early Saturday?

The Salem Police Department responded to a report of a loud bang on Ocean Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Salem police officers searched the area of Ocean Avenue early Saturday morning for evidence of what could have caused the large boom that prompted residents across the city to call 911.

According to this morning's police log, At 1:34 a.m., police received multiple calls regarding a "loud bang" on Ocean Avenue. They were unable to locate the source.

We even received word of the noise on the Salem Patch Facebook page.

  • Anybody know what the hell that big boom cannon-like noise was I just heard?? 1:30 a.m., near Salem State?
  • What was the loud explosion sound with a flash near Salem State between 1:30 and 2:00 AM??? It shook my house!

This isn't the first time we've written about mysterious explosion noises being reported in downtown Salem late at night.

Theories offered so far have included youngsters with powerful fireworks, cannons from boats in the harbor, malfunctioning electrical transformers, UFOs and the shifting of tectonic plates under the city.

Do you have a theory about the unexplained noises? Did you hear them from your home in Salem early Saturday morning?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Chris Hurst January 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
with the loud explosion like sound with a quick flash behind it, it sounded like and looked similar to a Flash Bang Granade. A friend of mine in Marblehead said he heard and felt something around that time. Whatever it was it seemed to have waken alot of residence! Talking to the Salem Police Dispatcher on the phone she didnt seem to of believed me until more people started to call in.
Owen Boss (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I was sitting near a window at the time and I definitely heard something loud from my home in Marblehead. It was so loud that I almost decided to turn on my scanner and head out with a camera. It sounded to me like a car had struck a building.
cheryl January 06, 2013 at 03:51 PM
i live over the salem and beverly bridge and there is always gun shots sounds likes took i all ways wonder where they come from it sounds from Salem Harbor
Ray DePaula January 06, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I live in Marblehead, off salem harbor. Never heard anything, but I have family in lynn who heard it....woke them up.
TNlady84 January 06, 2013 at 06:24 PM
We have been hearing these in East Tennessee too. Our local news posted a question about it on their FB. They haven't been able to figure out what it is either. https://m.facebook.com/home.php?%24MURI__user=0#!/story.php?story_fbid=422299177836114&id=315783721820994&comment_id=3797075&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like&actorid=542597686&%24MURI__user=0
KlassySalem January 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Sorry. My ladyfriend and I will keep it down next time.
adrienne January 06, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Definitely heard the LOUD boom from my home in the Derby Wharf neighborhood! It sounded like an explosion coming from the harbor. Looked out the window but didn't see anything. Kept waiting to hear the sirens from Police & Fire, but nothing.
Justin Mattera January 06, 2013 at 10:00 PM
It was loud at my home at the wharf as well, but Klassy already beat me to the punch line....
SalemEats January 07, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Real classy Klassy. ;)
SalemEats January 07, 2013 at 02:39 AM
We're on the water across from Dion's and we didn't hear it, but one of the pooches jumped into bed shaking and wager the tale – the one that doesn't like thunder or fireworks. So I assumed she heard something that freaked her out.
KlassySalem January 07, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Sometimes you have to cash in the cheap one.
Derek B January 07, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I'm down near Forest River and it was loud. I'll review my security system to see if it caught it. I'm sure it did!
Owen Boss (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Thanks Derek! Let us know what you find out.
Thomas Vallor January 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I figured out what it was!: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=376809375672067&set=pb.202882756398064.-2207520000.1357581288&type=3&theater
Owen Boss (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Lol! That just made me spit out my coffee.
Derek B January 07, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Owen, this is what I got. This is near the corner of Ocean and Summit. Clearly not seismic. Much larger then a quarter stick though. Hopefully the share will be accessible. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=818409763669
Michele Allen January 08, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I used to see this kind of flash and hear that kind of noise in Peabody last year. It hasn't happened for a while, but it always used to happen around 1 am. It would happen almost every night...used to scare the daylights out of me.
I, "state your name" January 08, 2013 at 02:25 AM
It's called drunk people lighting off fireworks after 1am. ;)
windpower February 01, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Salem made it to coast to coast radio show last night . We are not alone .This is happening world wide .creepy

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