Mysterious 'Booms" Worry Residents in Central Florida


It's the bump in the night that has Osceola County residents asking each other "Did you hear that?"

We've gotten email after email, not to mention Facebook posts, from people who say they're hearing a boom around the same time every night. Not even the Osceola County Sheriff's Office has an answer.

"It was like a 'BOOM!' Then, the windows kinda shook," said Kissimmee resident Daryl Mercado.

"A loud BOOM they throwed a bomb," explained young AJ. 

His mother, Lori Chezem, said, "Loud booms. It reminds me of when the space shuttle used to come in -- the Sonic Boom."

Kids and adults alike are talking about it. But what exactly is it?

Chezem is in St. Cloud and was one of the people who emailed us about these mysterious booms. We're also hearing from people in Kissimmee and even as far away as Haines City in Polk County.

Whatever it is, Valencia College student Daryl Mercado's story lines up with everything else we've been hearing. These booms start around 10 p.m. and they sound like thunder. Mercado said he's heard them over the past three weeks.

He was studying the second time it happened, but he grabbed his flashlight to see what it was.

"I don't hear anything," Mercado said. "I don't hear any sirens. I don't hear any other booms, just silence. I kind of just scratched my head and went back inside."

Mercado isn't the only one puzzled by this. We reached out to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, but a spokesperson said they don't have any answers either. "We took several calls and we are investigating," said spokesperson Twis Lizasuain.

So as their investigation continues, Daryl Mercado will continue to patrol his community, while neighbors try to go about life as normal.

This is a mystery we will continue to follow and keep you updated. 

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