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Anyone hear a loud boom in Pleasanton around 8:30PM on Friday night?

Original post made by Boom on May 8, 2009

I was at the Foothill Amador Lacrosse game tonight at Foothill and heard a significant boom around 8:30PM, I got home and my wife in Foxborough Estates mentioned that she heard the boom around the same time. Did anyone else hear this?

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Posted by sue, a resident of Birdland
on May 8, 2009 at 10:40 pm

yes, we were driving down santa rita around 8:45 and saw a white flash and then a large bang... don't know what it was, i'm curious too.

Posted by Mom, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm

We're over here behind Amador High and heard it loud and clear, but it was definitely after 9pm. My daughter was upstairs and said she felt the house shake. Wonder what it was...

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Maybe it was another PG&E power transformer blowing.

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

Yes I heard it too, over here by Amador and Harvest Park. I was sitting my desk, with feet kicked up touching the wall- I felt the vibrations really hard! I also heard the same thing a few nights ago around 11/11:30. All the dogs in the neighborhood started barking.

Can transformers blow without causing a power outage?

Posted by Craig, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on May 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm

We heard it too, we are over off Vineyard.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 10, 2009 at 9:34 am

We heard it also at the end od W. Las Positas. Thought it went off in my driveway it was so loud. It also shook my garage door like someone had thrown a basketball against it.

Posted by Boom, a resident of Foxborough Estates
on May 10, 2009 at 10:38 am

So does the weekly staff have absolutely NO input into what this occurence may have been? If it was felt/heard essentially throughout most of Pleasanton, surely someone must have some definative feedback.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm

So could it have been from Camp Parks? That's if nobody has a clue, but I havn't contacted PPD, PG&E, etc. I hope to find out what happened, but this thread is pretty low on the list, I'll be surprised if it gets explained here on PW.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

So here's a You tube vid of a transformer exploding, basically 25 sec to 1 min is the action basically,

Web Link

thus the outage. Where was it, or possibly how many, damage, injuries? I have no clue.

Posted by Russell, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Heard it at Vintage Hills. Looked like there might have been a small cloud of smoke in the air toward the west.

Posted by typical reaction, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 11, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Hmmm, did something out of the ordinary go on in Pleasanton? (yes) Are people interested in knowing more? (seems like) Would a local newspaper be a logical place to turn to for information? (why, yes!) Does the Pleasanton Weekly website, in its official capacity as a local news service, carry that information in a timely manner? (er, nope?)


(if you doubt this, read back through forum postings from the last few months that ask for the newspaper to investigate and provide information on topics other than Measure G)

Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 12, 2009 at 10:01 am

Gee, have you tried contacting the PW, oh, I don't know, directly? Maybe sent the Editor an e-mail with your request?

It would seem that if anyone r.e.a.l.l.y wanted the PW to answer, look into, or initiate some piece of information, that person would contact the Editor directly and ask that the answer be posted on the Forum.

Oh, but wait, that's probably too straight-forward and might actually lead to an answer, and then who/what would we talk about?

Posted by momzilla, a resident of Downtown
on May 12, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Heard it too, off of Vineyard.....we looked out towards the downtown area - no flames to see, but it sounded like another house exploded! Way bigger than a firecracker/barrel bomb.
Would definitely like to know.

Posted by Emily West, Pleasanton Weekly reporter
on May 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Emily West is a registered user.

Police said they had several calls in over fireworks around 9:15 p.m. Friday night near Alisal Elementary.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Funny typical reaction, in a good way. Rae you're making your points. I was hoping some grass roots questioning if anyone knew or even heard anything failed. Because it wasn't some fireworks at Alisal. I'm pro PW and still think 'typical reaction' was good. Either way it's needed like tic needs toc.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

So we should, you know, put two and two together?

Web Link

Web Link

Posted by typical reaction, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Remi. Actually, even though Rae might not believe it, I'm also quite pro-PW. Maybe more in that "tough-love" kind of way, where you know that something that is rather good could be a few notches higher, if a little more effort was invested, so you give a little nudge now and then to remind him/her/them of the goal or stated mission. Nice photos of the lovely downtown event rotating for the past 5 days on the front page; very feel-good.

But then again, some real news, not just the fluffy soft kind wouldn't hurt... as in what about those teens who were charged with breaking, entering and grand theft from Ruby Hill? Or a bus accident that occurred on W. Las Positas and Muirwood while transporting students from school one afternoon last month. Or a big explosion heard across town? News, that's what it's called.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

I hear you 'TR' like I heard the boom. I agree that PW sometimes treats Pleasanton like a proud parent treats a child. Ignoring the ugly side, or at least down-playing it. I say PW should take a Woodward and Bernstein style stance and become harder hitting and a deeper probing paper. Where people think 'PW has the real story'. Maybe even go TMZ-esque and say what we secretly want to know about the celebrity that is Pleasanton and all the charecters that make it the classic contradiction it is. The outside world isn't watching so no need to keep up appearances.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on May 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

A little paper in Marin.. Pt. Reyes, I think.. won a Pulitzer a number of years ago. Probably 30 yrs. or so. I guess nobody but Al Gore wants them anymore.


Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I am neither pro- nor anti- the PW. I take it for what it is - a small town paper that reports town "news" - the "news" being that which is subjectively selected, and reported on, by its Editors.

If you really want an answer on something, you need to go directly to the source and ask specific questions. My point was that if you want the PW Editors to check on something, in this case a loud noise, you should go to them directly, rather than throw random comments out on this forum expecting them to answer.

If I wanted to know if something was reported to the police, I'd call the police. If I was concerned that a PG&E transformer blew, or wanted to know why my power was out, I'd call PG&E. If I want to know what's in a bill being considered by Congress, I go to the congressional website and read it. If I want to know what the Parcel Tax proposition actually says, I read the ballot. If I want input into, or question a decision the City Council has made, I may post my opinion here, but you better believe I've already contacted the Council directly with my opinion or questions.

What I won't do is read the Town Square Forum expecting anything more than entertainment - and there sure is plenty of that to go around!

Posted by mary, a resident of Del Prado
on May 13, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Back to the BOOM...There was another BOOM on Monday around 10:30, shaking some houses near Castlewood almost like an earthquake but with the loud quick sound of the BOOM.

Wonder what gives. I suppose I'll do my own investigating.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Rae I didn't ask the PW to do anything in regards to the 'loud boom', I asked the readers. But as Mary said it can be likened to a small earthquake. I guess you didn't hear or feel it Rae because you would have been curious to find out what happened. Then using your perfected fact finding techniques you would have exposed the truth. Instead you seem only curious in our (those who heard and felt it) curiosity. Make us look dumb and find out with a quick call, or check of a website. Sounds (pun intended) easy.

Posted by paul lindy, a resident of Country Fair
on May 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm

All I hear is silence from Rae. Guess you shut a know it all up by asking for some results Remi. Next time just let people think they are better and wiser than you. It's easier on everyone.

Posted by Rae, a resident of Mohr Park
on May 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

OOOOOHHHHH, feel better Paul? Sticks and stones. . . . . LOL!

FYI, Remi, I heard the noise, I just don't have a burning desire to know what it was. Maybe it was aliens landing. . . and their space ship blew up. . .and, well, you take it from there!

Enough of this entertainment! Thanks for the laughs! I'm going back outside and enjoy this beautiful evening.

Posted by Remi, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 15, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Rae I quote myself " seem only curious in our (those who heard and felt it) curiosity." As with many who 'know the answers' it's easier to tell people what they should do than to do it. Oh yeah, you don't care, should I repeat my quote a third time? Anyway thanks for the help. You remind me of this old bag I know from Long Island that lives near the dumps too. Paul, I'm following you advice from now on.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Stacey is a member (registered user) of Pleasanton Weekly

Sorry, that was me. Beans for dinner.

Posted by I know, I know!, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I bet it was one of the progressive parents here in town choosing to instruct their children in proper meth-lab procedures. I mean if you don't teach them, they could hurt themselves since they will do it anyway! Oops!

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