Big Booms in Whitewater
Photo: Video by kmir6.com
CREATED Apr. 19, 2013
KMIR6 has been getting questions about what sounds like explosions in the Whitewater area.
One viewer, Judd Denson reads, "I sent you an e-mail ... about the explosions here in the East side of Whitewater off Hwy 62 and Painted hills road. Another explosion happened roughly 10 minutes ago. This is really becoming a problem out here. ... there are a lot of elderly and they are scared to death."
Whitewater resident, Darrell Chevoya said, "It was pretty dramatic, the actual jolt, like a small fast earthquake."
Not far away, Judd Denson says the loud bangs are terrifying both animals and people.
"It scared the hell out of me, I mean its been a long time since I wanted to dive under something," said Denson.
We asked Southern California Edison if the sound was coming from them.
At first, they said no.
We found transmission line work out in Whitewater.
And then Judd showed me a letter one of his neighbors received from SoCal Edison, but Judd didn't get one.
It says splicing work will create brief loud bangs.
"It was supposed to be the sound of about a shotgun shell going off, well it's not, it's more like a 500 pound bomb," said Judd.
We showed the letter to Darrell, he said "I've never seen this letter."
The explosion-like sounds started two weeks ago, the last one was just the other day.
"They need to tell us what's going on, it took us the better part of two weeks to get to this point," said Judd.
Both Judd and Darrell never received the letters, but are glad to finally know what is causing the deafening sounds.
"I'm just so glad that you helped us out so we know what's going on, I just wish we all had gotten the letter," said Darrell.
The letter said the work that causes these booms was scheduled until April 8th, but it's still obviously going on.
A SoCal Edison spokesperson told us there will be one more implosion that isn't scheduled yet.
But said they'd let us know when it would be.