Great Falls

Jan 23, 2013 8:27 PM by David Sherman (david@krtv.com)

"Booms" baffling Great Falls residents

Dozens of people have been asking about loud booms that they have heard in Great Falls this week.

The booms have been heard across town, from east to west and north to south, for several days.

We called Malmstrom Air Force Base, and learned that at least some of the booms heard on Wednesday are due to "explosive detonations" that are being conducted by Security Forces personnel.

A spokeswoman said that the training is being done by Tactical Response Force personnel, and that there is no danger to the public; she added that the training is expected to last until about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The spokeswoman said that the training is not responsible for the loud booms heard earlier this week, however, and did not have any explanation for them.

As for the cause of the booms prior to Wednesday, several people have suggested possibilities, including:

- Karen Teasdale-Simpson: "They are putting transmission lines/poles in just north of GF, off the Bootlegger. Is it possible that they have reached rock and are having to blow some holes to put the poles in? Just a wild thought."

- Tatjanna Miller suggested that it could be the "Artillery of the Rockies"

If you know the source of the booms, let us know in the comments or via email at krtvnews@krtv.com.