Highland Residents Report Hearing Loud Explosions

Several residents have inquired about two loud explosion sounds that happened Thursday night. Officials with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Substation said they received calls and investigated the area, but did not find the source of the booms

Did you hear two loud booms Thursday night along Duck Lake Road near Wardlow? You're not alone. Several Highland residents have reported hearing the same sounds Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Det. Jim Bowie with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Substation in Highland said the women that clean the station reported hearing the booms, and that there was at least one call last night following the sounds.

"We had a patrol go out and respond, they said they talked to several neighbors who all heard the noise, but no one could pinpoint where the noise came from and no one saw anything," Bowie said.

The deputies checked the area near Seven Harbors, where the caller lives, and the areas along Duck Lake Road but did not find anything that would have given off that kind of sound.

Leah McPhearson, who lives in the area, said her entire neighborhood off Wardlow heard the sounds, "it shook our house and woke people up."

Some residents on the White Lake-Highland Patch Facebook page said the noises reminded them of a home explosion that happened in Highland in the early 1980's.

"Last time that happened a friends house had blown up," Kathleen Culpert Kirchner, said. " It was in Highland years ago. (We) thought a car hit our house. They lived over a mile away too."

Did you hear the mysterious sounds Thursday night?

Valerie Lewandowski November 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM
We heard this as well. We live just off of White Lake. Duck Lake Rd and Jackson. Thought it was hunters but it sounded more like "booms" than "bang".
Sarah December 01, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I just heard it AGAIN! I think it's coming from my neighborhood down Davista. My windows shook.
Mike December 01, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Did anyone see the low flying planes afterwards?!?!
Mike December 01, 2012 at 08:50 AM
I'm off of hickory ridge north of 59 and we heard them late fri early sat.
Ray Engel December 01, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I am hearing it at Milford and Middle road.
Ray Engel December 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Holly Scott December 02, 2012 at 07:45 AM
I heard the same thing that night. 2 loud explosions but silence after each one had occurred. Maybe it was a sonic boom? Fireworks? or someone started a bonfire with gasoline? who knows. Never heard the sounds after that night.
Holly Scott December 02, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Saturday night around 9:30 pm heard squalling of tires and heard the vehicle hit something. Sounded like 2 cars hit each other or an animal hit a car, but it was pretty loud. My husband got in the car to see if anything or anyone got hurt and couldn't see anything. It was pretty dark out. Just putting this information out there in case something did happen.
Holly Scott December 02, 2012 at 08:04 AM
The area is around the Duck Lake and Wardlow for the Saturday night occurrence.
Dawn Snyder December 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I just wrote it off thinking they were those M80's from Fourth of July. I heard them Thursday night at White Lake Rd. and Ormond Rd.
Mary December 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I heard it Friday night. Shook the whole house. I think it was around 10pm. That was the only one we heard.
Stu Pidasso December 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Perhaps there is a "Hunger Game" going on in the area and the number of players has decreased?
Brooke Tajer December 02, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Ray Engel December 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Ray Engel December 02, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Brooke Tajer December 02, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Those don't sound like what I heard Friday night. It was more of just a loud boom, like cannon fire or something. Not sure what those noises are in the videos.
Holly Scott December 04, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Hey Ray Listened to your youtube video you posted about the weird sounds. Very interesting and never heard about that report before, but the ones heard in the Highland area were loud booms, like Dawn said in comments ( M80). Might have to contact Bill Nye the science guy on those strange noises in the videos. =) Like to get his comment on that. peace...
Lee Fons-Carter December 06, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I live right at N. Duck Lake Rd. and Wardlow Road. I heard it and thought it was an M80 also. I never gave it another thought after that..... Now I'm curious, I'd like to continue following this story.
Katie Wallis December 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
10:06 pm on 12/8 heard the boom again.
Jim December 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I heard it too. Sonic boom from aircraft?
Colleen Charlton December 09, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Heard it to. Any thoughts?


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