Bethel officials haven't heard much, but area aware that some residents are hearing what sound like loud explosions or firecrackers. Police were dispatched once or twice, but they have been unable to locate any evidence. Bethel officials haven't found a reason for these sounds.
There was a report Thursday night. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the investigating officer did hear another boom of some kind a distance away and saw a flash on the horizon behind the trees. The officer went seeking out a cause, but couldn't find anything.
Knickerbocker says it could be a transformer exploding, but that usually that results in a power outage. That hasn't been the case after these incidents. He is speculating that it could be someone with left over fireworks.
Most of the comments about these sounds have been made on Facebook, and Knickerbocker says it's not widespread. But he added that people are curious to find out what it is because it sometimes frightens pets. The booms are not a figment of people's imagination, but they haven't identified a cause.