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'Boom' Makers Elude Montauk Cops

Mysterious "explosion" sound, heard for at least three months, is believed to be fireworks.

Police are investigating a mysterious exploding sound that has been occurring intermittently in Montauk for months.

Investigators believe someone is setting off a large mortar fireworks, but they have no arrests have been made since officially beginning an investigation in October.

The explosions, about a half-dozen or so, mainly occur in the evening, on weekends, sporadically, and only once on any given day. The most recent sound was reported on Sunday, police said.

They are reported being heard in various areas around the hamlet, making it that much more difficult to pinpoint who is behind them.

They've mainly been coming from around the golf course and Second House, according to East Hampton Town Police Chief Ed Ecker, who lives in Montauk and heard the sound for himself two weeks ago.

He described it as "a whizzing noise" when it's going up in the air, and then "a big bang." He said, "It sounds just like big fireworks that you would use at Fourth of July."

Officers have observed a flash of light in the sky, coupled with a big bang. Some residents have said they sound like utility transformers exploding. Anecdotally, some residents tell East Hampton Patch the sounds rattle windows and shake the ground.

Lt. Chris Hatch, the Montauk precinct commander, said it has been difficult to develop information, as people haven't reported them to police right away. Some residents in Montauk report that the explosions have been happening for much longer than three months. Hatch said it is difficult to say since some cases may have been logged differently, such as gunshots from hunters or transformer explosions.

Plus, without any location, "The evidence is gone before its started," he said. Officers have canvassed neighborhoods. "We've been chasing this for three months now," he said.

Hatch said they've found no damage — no burn marks in the streets, no burnt mailboxes or garbage cans. "My concern is that someone is going to have an accident with the fireworks, or they are going to land on a house," he said.

Rumors that someone is setting off a bomb or trying to make a bomb have not been substantiated, Hatch said. "All indications right now are that these are commercially prepared fireworks."

If you have any information about this case, Hatch asked that you contact East Hampton Town Police Department headquarters at 631-537-7575 or the Montauk precinct.

Have you heard the sound? Tell us what it's like.

tm January 14, 2013 at 09:28 PM
It has been going on for more than three months and frequently it happens more than once a night. it is definitely not gunshots.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I understand. Unfortunately, that's not reflected in the calls that the police are receiving, according to Lt. Hatch and Chief Ecker.
Gail Simons January 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM
It's in my neighborhood - a few houses down from me. It sounds like a huge explosion & freaks out my kids and sends our dogs into hiding. It has been happening since we moved in, back in March 2012, at the very least - and other neighbors say it's been going on since way before that. The person who is doing it is known - and the reason why it is sometimes at one place and sometimes at another is because SHE does them at her house on some occasions and at her place of business on others. The sound is louder than anything I've ever heard. She does it mainly at night (most likely after getting a bit "lit" herself), but we've heard it during the day, too. She took a break from it during the summer. Like I said, louder than anything I've ever heard - usually one or two in a row, and one night back in November, she did 3.
ViralGrain January 15, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Who ever it is rite on! Just be safe about it and I hope you don't get caught. I'd be happy to hear and see a firework now and then other then just around the 4th of July. With all the horrible crap going on in this world someone lighting a fire work off should be a relief that this world isn't so bad after all. LIVE AND LET LIVE.
123 January 15, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Fireworks should be legal. Things are no fun anymore.
tm January 15, 2013 at 01:34 AM
It isn't fireworks and if was rattling your windows and startling your family, you wouldn't be saying "right on"
Penny January 15, 2013 at 04:44 AM
I knew Taylor'd be on this soon...keep watching FB lol
ViralGrain January 15, 2013 at 06:45 AM
My windows don't rattle nor does my family startle over such things. Laugh next time it happens. If it startles you a little, laugh it off. If it doesn't startle you say wow and enjoy it. Life is to short. There is plenty of other things in life to get seriously annoyed about. If you can't shrug off the little stuff you will be worn out when the big stuff comes along and won't be able to deal with it. Someone in your neighborhood lighting off a firework now and then could be fun. I agree it could be annoying if it is constant and everyday but that doesn't seem to be the case. Its not worth getting bent out of shape over for your own well being. Live and let live. It takes practice but brings happiness.
Gail Simons January 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM
it is not a little firecracker, vg, it sounds like a bomb or a house exploding and we've never once seen an actual firework up in the air to enjoy . when it sounds like your neighbors house is exploding at 10 p.m. and your pets go running in panic and your children huddle in the corners crying out of fear , there really isn't a whole lot to find enjoyable about it . we know fun, trust me, and this is not it!
pat January 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Tired of the "entitled" who do such things, and sadly they appear to be people who live here year round, and most likely complain about the "new summer people" being arrogant. Just look in the mirror, guys.
Jimbo January 15, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Love loud booms, louder the better! Years ago I prefected a mix of oxygen and accetiline into a punch baloon and ignite it with a 22 tracer. That rattled windows!
John January 15, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Jimbo hit the nail on the head...he just said it first. In my humble opinion nothing makes an explosion like a oxy-accetiline baloon and leaves no trace...that's probably why no one has difinitively seen anything.
pat January 15, 2013 at 01:42 PM
If there is a posting on here that may pinpoint the source of the explosions, maybe the East Hampton Police need to get on that. Problem solved.
PJ Delia January 15, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Whoever it is, she doesn't give a chit about her neighbors.
Fran Pensa January 15, 2013 at 04:58 PM
It sounded like a gas explosion when we heard it last Sunday. What's so fun about that? If that's what some people consider fun, I think they need to get a life!
Eastend50 January 15, 2013 at 08:56 PM
I would be more inclined to believe that someone was firing a cannon, that shooting off fireworks. Concussions from a canon are known to break windows in the vicinity it's fired from.
Martha Nassauer January 16, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I am all for fun. Then again, it's all fun and games, until someone loses an eye. Patch, please check out this you tube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8oPa8WAR_g Perhaps those who heard can compare sounds for possible identification. Also, it is noted on video that acetylene oxygen "bombs" can be set off with static electricity, so are dangerous if not careful. Actually feel certain comments regarding them probably should be removed to prevent ppl (kids mainly) from experimenting. If they see adults joking they may misinterpret.

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