Reader Mail: Mystery Booms Reported in Onaway, Michigan


They’ve been cropping up all over this year, and now it looks like the strange case of the “mystery booms” has found itself in the tiny town of Onaway, Michigan.

Who Forted has received a first hand account of a mysterious rumble that shook the Onaway and surrounding areas late last week. Local police were bombarded with calls, with residents reporting that the rattling was felt from within a 15 mile area.

Within days of the first reported boom, another large rattle was reportedly experienced in Columbiaville, only as our witness described, this recent boom was was followed by the appearance of  “large fighter jets”.


My sister [who lives] four miles out in the country said she felt the whole house shake. Friends and family from the area all heard and felt it within 15 miles. Caught my attention living near Flint and hearing scanner calls. Tonight booms were reported over the scanner traffic in Columbiaville. The ones my sister and friends felt the second day were FOLLOWED by large fighter jets.

Local news has blamed the bizarre booms on a local iron works, which they claim have been blasting with C4. Onaway residents and employees of the iron works however are saying “no way”.

“I lived there 20 years and know people who work there, Brandy W. wrote to us in an email. “[They] say they never used C4.”

Could the military be covering something up? Are the strange rattles related to the many other mystery booms around the country this year? Why were there fighter jets scrambled after the explosion? We want to know what you think. Drop us a line on our official Facebook page, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below.

Huge thanks to Brandy W. for sending us the tip.

Dana Matthews

Dana Matthews

Co-founder, Editor, Writer, at Week in Weird & Planet Weird
Week in Weird co-founder, managing editor, and paranormal TV junkie, Dana has been actively investigating the strange and the anomalous for well over 15 years. Her writing has been featured in local and national news outlets, as well as Roadtrippers, Nerdist, io9, Jezebel, Mary Sue, Dread Central, Kotaku, and other awesome publications both in print and online. When she’s not telling ghost stories or penning articles about real haunted places, she acts as a producer, writer, host, and assistant editor for Engaging the Strange.
Dana Matthews


  1. Philip Mathenia

    05/20/2013 at 12:30 PM

    I live in Flint and have heard and felt a couple of “booms” since December 2012. Back in January our police force in inteview on Mlive stated they have a serect location where they have been getting rid of bombs and handgerades that they have find in the city of Flint.I am sorry but I can’t believe that this is the case. They would have to very large handgerades and bombs to be felt thru the county.

  2. JillV

    05/21/2013 at 9:29 AM

    Have you seen the earth files story about this phenomena and the connection to sinkholes, earthquake liquefaction, and possible changes with the earth core.

    • JS

      05/23/2013 at 5:15 PM

      I have read the earthfiles article. It is strange that such an occurrence is happening all over the planet. I live in California in the Sierra Nevada Mts. and hear strange boom-like sounds frequently. We know that it is not thunder or mining, and no earthquakes register when they happen. What is even stranger is the minimal investigation or interest in finding a source for these anomalous noises. Although…if as the earthfiles story indicated was a possibility, our magnetic poles are shifting, I guess there is not a whole lot of preperation that can be done.

  3. JillV

    05/21/2013 at 9:29 AM

    Have you seen the earth files story about this phenomena and the connection to sinkholes, earthquake liquefaction, and possible changes with the earth core?

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