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Mystery Boom In The Night

Posted 8/16/2017

Record Staff


Several Hesston residents took note of a loud boom on the evenings of Friday and Saturday around 10 p.m.

Sergeant Chris Carter said he noticed the noise and went out to investigate, even while he was off duty.

“I heard it in my house and stepped out. It sounded like a shotgun blast outside my house,” he said.

Carter said he saw several residents making comments about social media, but there were no reports called in to 911. 

“It generated a lot of social media posts and a call to the paper, but no one called 911.  That’s not really a design we’d like to follow,” said Carter.

Carter said officer Chris Eilert was on duty Saturday evening and did not hear the second loud boom. 

“I don’t know that he heard it while he was on duty.  Sound doesn’t always travel in town,” he said.

Though, Carter said there might be one small lead.

“I saw someone comment on social media say they actually saw an artillery shell, but they couldn’t tell where it was coming from,” he said.

Carter said the event “didn’t end up being an issue,” beyond suspected illegal fireworks with no reported injuries or property damage.

However, he encouraged residents to call 911 in events like this.

“It’s best to err on the side of caution. If people aren’t sure what it is, they don’t bother to report it. The point is if you don’t know what it is, it is our job to go and find out.  We have officers on duty 27-7 so this is not inconvenient.  As small-town officers, we expect call like this. It’s our job,” he said.