Castle Rock residents mystified by loud boom, tremors

With no eyewitnesses, finding source like locating 'needle in a haystack,' police say

Posted 3/11/19

Some residents near The Woodlands and Metzler Ranch neighborhoods of Castle Rock are mystified by an incident that occurred the evening of March 10, in which some people reported hearing a loud boom …

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Castle Rock residents mystified by loud boom, tremors

With no eyewitnesses, finding source like locating 'needle in a haystack,' police say

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Some residents near The Woodlands and Metzler Ranch neighborhoods of Castle Rock are mystified by an incident that occurred the evening of March 10, in which some people reported hearing a loud boom and others say they felt a tremor strong enough to rattle their homes.

Locals took to social media after 9:30 p.m. March 10, and multiple people said they heard a loud noise or felt reverberations. Resident Will Clements of The Woodlands said he was lying in bed when he heard a “loud, kind of thundering boom.”

“You could almost feel it,” he said. “After the boom I kind of expected to hear sirens or something, because it was so loud we thought it was an explosion.”

Another woman who contacted Colorado Community Media by Facebook said she did not notice the sound but an item had fallen from her sink.

Clements' at-home security system captured video of the sound. He posted the footage online, showing his dark, quiet street interrupted by the sudden boom. Based on social media, Clements said people believe the sound originated closer to the Metzler Ranch area.

A spokesman for the Castle Rock Police Department said the agency received one call from a Metzler Ranch resident regarding the noise. Responding officers searched both neighborhoods, trails and open space, but found nothing.

“Given there was only one caller and a large area to determine if there was a gunshot or some sort of detonation, it's hard to determine what it was or where it came from,” spokesman Joe Cybert said via email. “Kind of like finding a needle in the haystack.”

On March 6, the town closed Woodlands Boulevard between Barranca Drive and Stampede Drive for a portion of the day to repair a gas line rupture. Clements wondered if the March 10 incident was connected.

Midafternoon on March 11 the area was open and bustling. Four nearby residents said they were home at 9:30 p.m. the night before but did not hear or feel what other citizens reported.

Community Association Manager James Fletcher of the Metzler Ranch Homeowners Association said Board President Greg Korytkowski lives in the vicinity and confirmed residents' accounts.

“They definitely did hear it last night,” he said March 11.

Fletcher said they would present the issue to the full board of directors to determine if further investigation is needed. Clements said he hopes answers turn up.

“I think people just want to know what it was,” Clements said. “Just not knowing what it was is, you know, a little bit worrying.”

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