‘Explosion’ sounds coming from across the border, U.S. Air Force the cause

Residents in South Abbotsford are reporting several loud "ground shaking" blasts.

  • Oct. 31, 2012 10:00 a.m.

The U.S. Air Force has been giving Abbotsford residents a good scare this Halloween.

Locals have been reporting loud “explosion” like sounds in South Abbotsford.

Phone calls and Facebook postings to the Abbotsford News described the noises as “ground shaking.”

The Abbotsford Police received similar calls.

“We were able to determine that the loud bangs were emanating from the U.S. side of the border and we’ve let emergency responders in Washington State know about it,” said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald.

But Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer said the mystery was eventually solved.

“We’ve been advised that its the U.S. Air Force doing some testing south of the border. And the testing would probably, most likely be some form of explosive,” said Helmer.

He added that it would have been nice to have been informed ahead of time.

“But they didn’t.”