Booming Sounds Frederick Residents Are Hearing Comes from Cable Splicing

Posted: January 23, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER -- The mystery surrounding reports of several loud "booms" in Frederick County has been solved.

According to L.E. Myers Co. Vice President Michael Cooper, employees currently are in Hampshire County, W.Va., working on a transmission line project that involves wire-splicing with implosive devices that cause a shockwave to travel through the air.

The loud booms heard through the county can be attributed to the construction process used on the heavy transmission lines, and sounds echoing through the valley.

Cooper said there is not any ground work, blasting or seismic activity that poses any threat to foundations or wells.

As for the sound, it could persist intermittently for the rest of the year as workers prepare to move into Frederick County and work down the line through Loudoun County. However, they will not work during the summer.

Cooper said residents can expect to hear the shockwave at most two times a day for two to three days in a row, and then maybe not again for another week.

"It's random," he added. "I'd say it's infrequent."

For more information about the project and the construction process, read Thursday's Winchester Star.