We called the usual culprits when it comes to mysterious “incredibly loud” explosions in the night but Seattle City Light says they can’t take credit — there is no record of any of their equipment in the area failing and the only unplanned outages they had in last 24 hours were nowhere near Capitol Hill. So what was the noise that neighbor Ben heard last night?
not sure if anyone else wrote you about this – incredibly loud boom/explosion last night sometime around midnight last night, scared the hell out of us and set off multiple car alarms. maybe a transformer blowing…? we live at 21st avenue east and Denny – i have another friend who lives at Boylston and Denny who heard it too, followed by the sounds of cars driving off in a hurry…
i heard a similar noise on July 16th just before 11pm, though not quite as loud.
Ben doesn’t live that far from the Pine substation on 23rd that also went boom on July 9, knocking out power to thousands for a short time. But, like we said, SCL said it wasn’t them.
There were also “several calls” to 911 operators reporting the boom, according to East Precinct radio transmissions. One caller reported seeing three males running southbound in alley between 20th and 21st between Denny and Madison after the explosion. One officer reported that the boom sounded like “just a loud firework.”
Anybody else hear it? Have an explanation? Something you’d like to admit?
Our money is still on the Pine substation but that’s probably because of a spooky story somebody once told us about UFOs they would watch “power up” off hydroelectric stations in rural Idaho.