July 3, 2008

Weird Noises in the Night

Well, that was weird.

Some time at or around 11:30 PM last night we started hearing a strange noise in our house. It was coming from outside, and it was loud enough that we could hear it over the air conditioner with all the windows up. It sounded like a jet at first, but the sound never died out. As it continued, Maggie wondered if it wasn't somebody's A/C unit.

We stepped outside and then I thought maybe a neighbor had installed a huge roof ventilation fan. The sound was coming from the south (actually, more south-southwest, but I think of 138 as going north-south). It was like a great rush of air. At first we thought it was coming from the neighbor's house across the street, but then the sound felt like it was coming from slightly above, from the air, from many directions, as if it was farther away. When it began to stop and start abruptly, Maggie described it as the sound of the burner of a hot air balloon.

At 11:45, curiosity got the better of me, so I hopped into the car and hit the road to see if I could get on the other side of the sound. (That's right, in horror movies I'm that guy.) I rolled the car with all the windows down so I could still hear the sound. A mile south-southwest of my house and I still was hearing it roughly from the south. And roughly the same volume. This was clearly far away.

My cell phone rang, it was Ryan. He could hear the sound, too (Maggie had tweeted a message about the noise). He was over in Fall River, and had also gone out to get a better idea what the sound was. (He's that guy, too) He was hearing the sound roughly to the west -- from over the water. West of him and south of my location put the sound near the Brayton Point Power Plant. And the power plant was also about the same distance from where he was and where I first heard the sound.

Unfortunately, before I got near the plant, the sound stopped.

Maggie, meanwhile, called the police and just asked them what the sound was. They said it was the power plant, venting steam. I guess that's one way to find out what's going on in town.

So, mystery solved and I had an excuse to go out and get a late night chicken sandwich. But no pictures of anything interesting, not even steam.

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Posted by James at July 3, 2008 8:43 AM
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I was hoping you weren't able to determine the source so we could spend the day posting guesses.

Posted by: Mike at July 3, 2008 9:58 AM

MMMmmmm...late night chicken sandwich...

Posted by: Bull at July 3, 2008 4:59 PM

I know!!!

Posted by: James at July 3, 2008 5:07 PM

What?! No picture of the late-night chicken sandwich?!?!?!

If you lived closer, I would insist that you pick me up for late-night forays to investigate strange sounds and taste tests of chicken sandwiches.

Of course, if you did this in our town, you'd make the police log.

Posted by: Patti M. at July 3, 2008 5:17 PM

Yeah. Where's the sammich? You are such a tease.

Posted by: briwei at July 5, 2008 4:02 PM

We'll go for one together when you get here. With our fatwa against proper nutrition bandannas.

Posted by: James at July 5, 2008 4:10 PM

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