Source of loud boom over Wichita remains mystery

Published: Nov. 2, 2019 at 4:14 PM CDT
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Update Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The source of a loud boom and rattling reported in Wichita Saturday remains a mystery. Officials at McConnell Air Force Base say it did not come from the base and the United States Geological Survey did not report any earthquakes at that time. There also were no explosions.

Could the answer be a meteor?


keeps logs of fireball reports and at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, it received 36 reports of a fireball, seen over Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Eyewitness News will continue to ask questions and bring you any updates that we receive concerning the mystery boom.


Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019

Wichita police are investigating after reports of a "loud boom" throughout the city.

The boom reportedly happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday in various locations.

Police say they have responded to multiple reports of the loud noise and haven't found anything. They say people have reported explosions and earthquakes.

Investigators say the loud boom was not an explosion. They are still looking into what caused the noise.

Eyewitness News is monitoring the situation. Stay tuned for updates on-air and on the KWCH 12 app.

Zoe Flippin is a bartender for District Taqueria, she says she was ringing up an order and that's when she heard a strange noise.

"At first I thought it was a wreck over here at Douglas and Washington but I went to go kinda look out of the window and there wasn't anything there, so I was like 'OK well i guess I imagined it,'" said Flippin.

At Franklin's Barber and Beauty Shop they too heard the something loud, some say it sounded like a bomb says Robert Robinson.

"You could almost feel the air pressure from the wave, ground shook, real loud noise,"said Robinson.

Reports of loud noises reached beyond the city of Wichita, people who live in Clearwater, Maize, Derby, Eureka, Rose Hill, just to name a few heard and felt the same noise.

Luke Henwood says lives in Andover, he says he saw it from his garage, and just like everyone else on social media, hopes to get some answers.

"It would be nice to see something official about what exactly it was. My wife thought I was crazy I think, she was telling me to calm down," said Henwood.

With more questions than answers, one thing that is clear, the loud noise heard by many.