'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.

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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