Loud noise heard around Ballard Commons

A loud boom got the attention of folks in the area of 24th and 58th St. a little after 8 p.m. Police responded to a report of an explosive device, but were unable to find anything. “It was really loud,” said a clerk at Scooters, and a couple skateboarders at Ballard Commons Park said it sounded like big pieces of steel slapping together. Officers questioned people in the area, but were unable to discover the source. (Thanks for the tip Silver!)

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  1. This just in… Citizens of the sleepy neighborhood of Ballard were roused by a fiery trail of light in the sky followed by a loud boom near the Ballard Commons. After a frantic search, officials have located what appears to be a large meteorite crater. Although locals are advised to remain in their homes, crowds are growing at the site.

    More as the story develops.

  2. I've managed to make my way to the front of the crowd. Data connection on my phone is flaking out but, wait, I'm seeing something through the smoke. A metal cylinder of some sort. Maybe 30-yard wide metal cylinder that is making a hissing sound. Hold one, it's rotating… Someone's crawling. Someone or . . . something. I can see peering out of that black hole two luminous disks . . . are they eyes? It might be a face. It might be . . . good heavens, something's wriggling out of the shadow like a gray snake. Now it's another one, and another one, and another one. They look like tentacles to me. There, I can see the thing's body. It's large as a bear and it glistens like wet leather. But that face, it.. it's indescribable. I can hardly force myself to keep looking at it, it's so awful. The eyes are black and gleam like a serpent. The mouth is kind of V-shaped with saliva dripping from its rimless lips that seem to quiver and pulsate.

  3. What's that? There's a jet of flame springing from a device the creature is holding, and it leaps right at the crows. It strikes them head on! Good Lord, they're turning into flame!

    Now the whole field's caught fire. The woods . . . the barns . . . the gas tanks of automobiles . . it's spreading everywhere. It's coming this way. About twenty yards to my right…

  4. Not to steal Joe's fire or anything, but the witness that called this in said that a blue vehicle, possibly an SUV, stopped and deposited “a device” which then detonated. It makes one wonder if this is the Ballard Mini-Bomber's M.O.

    It didn't sound like the police found any shrapnel this time.

    Now on with our novel in progress…

  5. Yikes, I hope this was just pyrotechnic pranksters with fireworks and not something more serious. Apologies to Mr. Wells and anyone in the area of the incident. I sincerely hope now one was injured or any property was damaged.

  6. Btw, it was much, much louder than fireworks. My thought was the same as the others, an explosive device or possibly something fell at the construction site.

  7. Every summer I witness roving bunches of wayward youth creeping around Ballard detonating extremely loud explosive devices for no particular reason, and then running away quickly. I'm familiar with M-80s, which some refer to as “seal bombs”, and these explosions are much louder than those things.
    I suppose it's a kick to know that you're creating a noise that makes most Ballard residents run to their windows to see what the commotion is all about, let alone setting off every car alarm in a five block radius.
    Maybe these kids are getting an early start this year.

  8. When it's accompanied by death, destruction, and… At what point do I get to call people leaving dog turds on my lawn terrorism?

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