A Mystery Object Captured on Radar Raises Eyebrows – Is a Cover-Up in the Works?
By Shepard Ambellas
October 16, 2012
Update (Reader Tip)
“I read the article on your site and wanted to email you to let you know that I live in Fort Worth and last night at approx 11:30 I was outside and saw what looked like a green meteor in the eastern sky coming downward in the distance. I only saw it for a few seconds before it was out of site. Green and no tail.”
“Reading about what happened in Webster Parish, Louisiana – I looked at the map and sure enough that area is straight east of here on I-20.”
“It had to be what is being reported. Not sure if this helps.”
#2 (Reader Tip)
“I live in Bossier City, it definitely was an object that came from the sky and crashed.”
WEBSTER PARISH, LOUISIANA — A bunker at camp Minden has been identified as the official source of a large boom that shook the ground and shattered windows late last night.
Apparently the bunker was the property of a private contractor (Explo Systems, INC) who controls a bunker facility within the camp property.
This would mark the second explosion within weeks to haunt the camp.
400 prisoners from Webster Parish jail were evacuated along with 600 students from two nearby schools.
However, this simply does not fully add up to other eyewitness reports.
One woman reported debris hitting near a major interstate;
And a woman reported hearing what sounded like debris hit a shop on Bellevue Road in the Dixie Inn area.
If it was a meteorite, that would fall to NASA and the Air Force to investigate. A spokeswoman for Barksdale Air Force Base public affairs said that the installation is investigating and that whatever the source, it didn’t originate at the base.
Another eyewitness report by Laura Kester Moehring on the KTBS Facebook stated;
“Felt the boom at 11:30 but also were driving west on I20 in Shreveport at 10:30 when my husband and I both saw a greenish glow streaking rather low and shakily across the sky with sparks behind it. Angle was from the NW. Couldn’t estimate distance,”
Others reported that the entire sky lit up orange with sparks.
The official Wikipedia page for the town reads;
On October 15th 2012 at 11:30pm CST, a large explosion rang out and many residents saw the sky light up. Webster Parish officials claim that an explosive ordinance bunker in Camp Minden had exploded but had done its job in containing the blast and focusing the energy upward to minimize damage.
Some residents have taken this explanation and accepted it, while others have called this a ‘first contact’ event claiming that just before the explosion a large orange light was seen in the sky above.
AccuWeather.com ran an analysis from radar imagery and was able to come up with a 3D render of the object.
The explosion sent a mystery object flying that was captured by radar in Shreveport. Speculation this morning focused on the possibilities of UFO’s and meteors before the confirmation of the bunker explosion was released.
AccuWeather’s Jesse Ferrell pulled some 3D radar images from GRLevelX software this morning of the “mystery object.”
Above is a 3D image with the lower reflectivity colors transparent so you can see the most dense part of the object. Here’s the same with the 25dBZ reflectivity level outlined (meaning that the “hollow” part is >25dBZ):
Remember we’re using the software to “smooth” the data here. The actual data looks like this:
So you can see that, although we do have a few different horizontal layers we’re looking at (the 2-D shots here are at 1.5 degrees elevation, where the signal was the strongest), clearly the software is estimating a spherical object by rounding off the corners (and in 3D mode, the strongest return (yellow) is blended out completely).
This was a significant object, showing up at a reflectivity of 42 dBZ (which would normally be “moderate rain”) but it is also a very small object, when seen in comparison to the radar screen:
No injuries have been reported from the incident. The NWS also captured radar of the smoke plume from the explosion.
The Shreveport Times reported;
Webster 911 received its first 911 call at 11:26 p.m.
“Because of the historical nature we’ve had in the past, we contacted Camp Minden and Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center,” Sexton said. “They checked and everything was fine.”
Deputies went on to check with the natural gas plants and refineries in the parish, which also reported no incidents.
“We checked all of those – nothing,” the sheriff said.
The National Weather Service reported a plume thicker than a cloud containing unusual particles hovering about 2,000 feet in the air just north of Interstate 20 at Goodwill Road.
This thick cloud if indeed was made up up munitions and building materials must have contained various toxins associated with munitions.
The NOAA reported;
Monday night at around 11:26 pm, a large explosion occurred to the southwest of Dixie Inn, in Webster Parish, approximatey 4 miles southwest of Minden, or 28 miles east of Shreveport.
The initial event occurred at Latitude/Longitude 35.578 N, -93.351 W which is in the borders of the Camp Minden Army ammunition plant. A large flash was observed, citizens were shaken out of bed and windows were shattered during the late night hours October 15th.
Above is a Google Maps image of Camp Minden, where the explosion occurred.
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The Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar captured some images of the plume caused by the explosion.
The first image captured by the radar occurred at 11:28 pm cdt, with subsequent images captured at 11:37, 11:47, 11:56 and ending at 12:06 am cdt. Based on radar analysis, the plume was initially as high as almost 7200 feet above ground level.
The sampled radar imagery is very similar to what is usually seen with smoke plumes associated with wildfires, it was more vertical and concentrated as it traversed the area from southeast to northwest at approximately 10 mph. It slowly dissipated after approximately 34 minutes.
The above graphic shows the plume caused by the explosion as sampled by Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar.
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Something about all of this just does not add up.
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