““It was a real loud, cracking boom that took everybody’s attention immediately,” said Mark Richerson with Emergency Management. “There were people standing out the back door and it scared them to death. They thought it was just right up the street the way it sounded. But I think that’s how everybody felt. We took over 50 phone calls within a short period of time.”
While no injuries or damage was reported in Benton County, Richerson said his office did try to find the source of the boom. Social media speculation included talk of an earthquake, but the U.S. Geological Survey office said there had been no reports in Missouri on that day. And a look at a USGS map from the last seven days of earthquakes of all magnitudes shows activity in Oklahoma and near Missouri’s bootheel, but none during the time of the big boom.
Another possible suspect was the home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber in mid-Missouri, Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.
“We checked but they reported they didn’t have anything in the air,” Richerson said.
The culprit did turn out to be a military jet from 205 miles to the east.“