Mysterious ‘booms’ continue in Swatara Township

People in one Dauphin County community say they're scared. Their houses have been shaking and they don't think its an earthquake. They want answers, but haven't had any luck.

Residents who live on and near Norton Road in Swatara Township reported what they've been feeling were not rumbles, like earthquakes. Instead, they said it's felt more like a series of explosions.

This first happened back in June, then the mysterious booms stopped. It's happened again at least three time this week. Township commissioners felt one at their board meeting.

“I was in the kitchen, there was an enormous boom, and the whole house shook,” John Dubravec said.

Dubravec thought either a truck hit his house, or a wall collapsed. Luckily neither happened, but the fear of the unknown has people on edge.

“Nobody seems to have any idea of what's causing this, is a concern,” Dubravec said.

There's a report one blast caused minor damage to someone's basement.

“The police came here, the fire company came here, UGI here. They don't know what's going on,” Pete Rubinic said.

Rubinic doesn't know what's going on either, but he does know there are natural gas lines underground. If the booms continue, he's worried about everyone's safety.

“It could shake a line up, next thing you know, we're going to have an explosion and somebody's really going to get hurt,” Rubinic said.

Swatara Township said in a news release Friday that residents and employees have been experiencing “some type of seismic event,” most recently at around noon on Tuesday, again just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, and again at 12:25 on Friday.

The township said it has requested the help of the U.S. Geological Survey and state experts to investigate the occurrences and determine what is happening.

Rubinic wants answers soon.

“We've got to get some big shot official here to get to the bottom of this before somebody gets killed,” he said.

People don't think a nearby quarry has anything to do with this. Swatara Township reports it usually receives a call before major blasting.

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