Several Westporters felt the ground shake earlier today.

No, it was not an earthquake. Nor was it Chris Christie working out on a treadmill.

Although it does involve New Jersey.

According to NBC New York, residents from the Jersey Shore to the Connecticut coast reported rattles and rumbles.

The shaking moved from southern New Jersey up the coastline, shortly before 2 p.m. It spread to Staten Island, Long Island, then all the way to southeastern Connecticut.

The shaking is probably the result of a sonic boom, said Julie Dutton of the United State Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center. The boom could come from a military aircraft breaking the sound barrier. McGuire Air Force Base is located in southern Jersey.

“We don’t believe it’s an earthquake, based upon what we see in the wave forms,” she explained. “It’s probably sonic boom, but we can’t prove that.”

The most calls to authorities came from Hamilton Township, Toms River and Ocean County, New Jersey. says there have been no earthquakes in Connecticut in the past month.

Meanwhile, in other what-the-hell-is-going-on-here news, that black helicopter you’ve been seeing hovering over transmission lines is legit.

According to Eversource, the copter uses high-res cameras to check out problems like lightning strikes or corrosion.

At least, that’s what we’re told.

(Hat tip: Bart Shuldman)


17 responses to “Boom!

  1. The back door was shaking for about five minutes. Couldn’t figure out why…seems odd that a sonic boom would 1) last that long and 2) be felt over that large an area.

  2. We know you don’t agree with Chris Christies’ politics. But making fat jokes at his (or anyone’s) expense is seriously counter to what I think you stand for.

    • Sharon Paulsen

      Oh for Pete’s sake, lighten up. Christie makes jokes about his own weight all the time. Dan’s comment was cute-snark IMO.

      Just roll with it (pun intended).

      Okay, back ON topic – there have been choppers flying low in the sky, up here in Trumbull today. Weird?

      • Choppers flying a couple of miles from a helicopter factory is definitely not weird.

    • Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

      For Christ(ie)’s sake, can’t we even make fun of the calorically challenged anymore?

  3. i could have done without the chris christie comment

    • was surprised by it, too… Not all jokes work, and it’s always worse when it’s in writing. At least most of my clunkers just blow away with the wind!!!

  4. The dog and I felt it around 2:30. Doors and windows shook once, then done.

  5. Thanks for this Dan! Felt something here in Easton at exactly 2:32 PM. Computer monitors wobbled, chair with wheels rolled, and the building felt and sounded for an instant as if it had been buffeted by a huge wind gust – but there was no wind. Could very well have been a sonic boom, or at least atmospheric induced, because people on the ground floors did not feel anything, but people on second floors did. Felt another, much smaller event maybe 3 minutes later. Interesting.

  6. Sharon Paulsen

    Hmmm, as comments come in from several areas, it seems like it could be more of a small earth-tremor than a sonic boom type of thing.

    Fracking induced??

    Remember that quake back in maybe fall of 2011-ish? that originated in the Virginia area? At the time, stuff shook and rumbled in my place of work in Wilton.

  7. Robert Mitchell

    Speaking of black helicopters, can anyone tell me what are the large black helicopters that periodically cross Westport in a southeasterly direction heading for Long Island around 7AM?
    Military? Government? One-percenter?

  8. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Last time I heard/felt a sonic boom here in B.C. was 1980 when Washington’s Mount St. Helens erupted (250 miles away). Earthquakes here don’t exhibit sonic booms.
    Seems irresponsible of the military to be testing the sound barrier in such a densely populated area (thought that’s what New Mexico is for).

  9. Sharon Paulsen

    LOL, cute one there, Mitchell (one percenter’s)!!

    My hubby was in Air Force, and he believes those heli’s cruising over LIS are the military blackhawks (UH 60’s, made at Sikorsky at Trumbull/Straford border).

    Heard on the news just now that the military was “testing” some new aircraft or technology out of a NJ base – something along those lines.

    Hubby says a “sonic boom” (from an aircraft) isn’t loud or powerful enough to be heard over several states. Maybe up to 10 mile radius, give or take, depending on land elevations and such.

    A volcanic “sonic boom” (as Nancy mentions) is probably a horse of a different color (or name, for that matter).

    But I really don’t know for sure.

    If it occurs at really high elevations, then … maybe?? a 200 – 600 mile radius away can feel its effects??


    Okay folks – let’s have fun and bring on the conspiracy theories – what the heck, right?

  10. Susan Hopkins

    It’s always something. Sonic booms. Earthquakes. Black Hawk helicopters invading Westport’s “hypersensitive” air space. Fracking. Hmmm …