Authorities explain booms heard throughout St. George area

Washington County Bomb Squad members prepare to detonate explosive materials recovered from a blasting hole, Hurricane, Utah, March 2, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The occasional sound of mysterious booms heard around St. George and the surrounding area tends to be blamed on air exercises originating out of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. That isn’t the case with booms heard this week, though, as the Utah Bomb Squad Task Force has been conducting training at the Ridge Top Complex in St. George.

Both the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Marc Mortensen, assistant to the city manager of St. George, confirmed the bomb squad exercises are the source of the booms being heard by concerned citizens throughout the area.

According to an email sent by the Sheriff’s Office to city officials notifying them of the event, the exercise involves 30 bomb technicians from across the state. The event is a three-day exercise and started Tuesday.

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @MoriKessler

Copyright St. George News, LLC, 2015, all rights reserved.


Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!


  • Common Sense November 6, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I thought I heard something yesterday afternoon….then when I went outside, nothing.

  • sagemoon November 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Hmm, I heard those booms yesterday. Very interesting how they sound exactly like the “air exercise” booms out of Nevada. My conspiracy theory? Divine Strake is alive and well in Nevada.

  • .... November 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    That was just a bunch of politicians blowing off some hot air

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.