Oct 13, 2017 I Brett Tingley

Strange Debris Washes Up in North Carolina After Mystery Boom

What's going on in the skies above North Carolina? Two seemingly separate news stories out of my home state this week are hinting that there might be more going on above our heads than the proverbial 'they' are letting on. The mystery began on Saturday, October 7th when residents of Winston Salem, NC heard what has been described as an “earsplitting boom” in the skies overhead. Residents described the noise as a “muffled explosion” that was strong enough to shake the windows and doors of homes in the area. One area man, Eugene Nieto, told local Fox affiliate WGHP that the noise sounded like a bomb:

It sounded like something hit the side of the house. I thought either a truck crashed or something exploded somewhere. It sounded like a legit concussion. It sounded like a bomb.

After searching the area and interviewing local residents, Winston Salem police haven’t a clue what could have caused the deafening boom overhead and are seeking the public’s help in piecing this mystery together. Interestingly, the Winston Salem boom coincided with a similar noise heard above Cairns, Australia heard on the same day. The strangeness doesn’t stop there though. The day after Winston Salem skies were rocked by a seemingly unexplained explosion, a piece of what appears to be an unidentified rocket or aircraft washed up on NC’s shores.

The debris washed up on the coast in Hatteras Village on NC’s Outer Banks. The object appears to be constructed from metal and some sort of synthetic insulating material and measures roughly 10 feet by 15 feet. The piece is rounded and includes a serial number, and the lack of barnacles on the debris implies it wasn’t in the ocean long before it washed ashore. The leading theory seems to be that the object could be some sort of rocket fairing or nose cone.

After discovering the debris, baffled Hatteras Village residents called the National Park Service who then notified the Air Force. An investigation into its origin is still underway. Could the debris be related to the mysterious boom heard just a few hundred miles inland the night before?

It seems like too big of a connection to rule out as mere coincidence. Is someone or some group launching rockets and keeping it hush-hush? Could this be a piece of an unreported aircraft which has crashed? For now, this one remains a mystery.

Brett Tingley
Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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