They Came From Below

by John J. Miller


CLINTONVILLE, Wis. — Bemused curiosity is turning into worry and aggravation for families in a small Wisconsin town longing for peace and quiet after three nights of mysterious booming noises that have sent some residents into the streets — sometimes still in their pajamas.

The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused. But after a third restless night Tuesday into Wednesday, exasperation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket. …

There have been no reports of injury, despite some residents saying they could feel the ground roll beneath their feet.

Haven’t these people heard of the Morlocks?

UPDATE: An e-mailer points to a paper: “What Is That Mysterious Booming Sound?,” by David P. Hill of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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