Late Monday night something happened at Camp Minden. I’m still not convinced it was an underground bunker containing explosives. For one reason are the varying stories being reported about the location and time of the incident. This may be due to the different writers and reporting but the inconsistencies should not be there if they’ve gathered the facts. I digress, we know how that goes in todays snooze market.
So here’s what I know …
Webster Parish Webster 911 received its first 911 call at 11:26 p.m. CDT. shreveporttimes.com
Residents said they heard the boom around 11:30 p.m. CDT and some saw a bright light at the time of the explosion. theadvertiser.com
The force of the explosion was felt across a wide area just before 11:40 p.m. CDT. ksla.com [News 12]
See the inconsistencies in the above reports from various sources.
Now for some interesting information.
The National Weather Service Shreveport, LA picked up what they describe as a smoke plume on Radar, the first showing up at 11:28 PM CDT with other images from the scan at 11:37, 11:47, 11:56 and ending at 12:06 am cdt. They report the plume based on radar reached a height about 7200 feet high. This would be just over 1 and a quarter miles high. They go on to say the plume is similar to what one would see from wildfires BUT, they say this particular plume was more vertical and concentrated. They also say the plume moved at 10 MPH from the southeast to the northwest and slowly dissipated 34 minutes later.
Having a look at weather conditions from the Shreveport Regional Airport located roughly 28 miles west of Minden during this time, wind conditions were CALM from 4:56 pm CDT Monday October 15 2012 thru 5:56 AM CDt with the exception of ONE report at 12:56 AM CDT of light winds from the West at 3 mph.
So how did this smoke plume move from the southeast to the northwest under calm winds, and the only report of winds of 3 mph came from the west ? Winds coming from the west generally would move smoke to the east, just as it moves weather, generally west to east.
Here’s the images from The National Weather Service Shreveport, LA. The below graphic shows the plume caused by the explosion as sampled by Shreveport, La National Weather Service Doppler Radar.
An article on Examiner.com that ‘lacks sources’ for the information used had this to say [excerpts from article]
“There have been a large number of reports stating that they saw something come down instead of something blow up,” a spokesman said.
“Felt the boom at 11:30 but also were driving west on I20 in Shreveport at 10:30 when my husband and I both saw a greenish glow streaking rather low and shakily across the sky with sparks behind it. Angle was from the NW. Couldn’t estimate distance,” wrote Laura Kester Moehring on KTBS Facebook.
“I was out with my little dog last night and I saw a huge ball of fire fall to the earth from the sky east/southeast of my home,” reported Karen Rust. “I was very big and very bright.It had a tail on it so I assumed it was a meteror.I went in and posted it on Facebook so when i told someone about it they wouldn’t think I was crazy.”
Here are some 3-D cross sections of the radar from Jesse Ferrell at accuweather.com and what he had to say…
Above is a 3D image with the lower reflectivity colors transparent so you can see the most dense part of the object. Here’s the same with the 25dBZ reflectivity level outlined (meaning that the “hollow” part is >25dBZ):
But before you scream “UFO” (or even “Meteor!”), remember we’re using the software to “smooth” the data here. The actual data looks like this:
So you can see that, although we do have a few different horizontal layers we’re looking at (the 2-D shots here are at 1.5 degrees elevation, where the signal was the strongest), clearly the software is estimating a spherical object by rounding off the corners (and in 3D mode, the strongest return (yellow) is blended out completely).
I’m sure we’ll know more later today, but my quick observations this morning: This was a significant object, showing up at a reflectivity of 42 dBZ (which would normally be “moderate rain”) but it is also a very small object, when seen in comparison to the radar screen:
Occam’s Razor says that it was a meteorite, but I’m sure the conspiracy theories will abound today.
So Jesse Ferrell referring to Occam’s Razor seems to believe this was a meteorite. I lean with him on this as you may remember form earlier posts I’m also into weather and have followed Jesse for years now. I also work for a reputable weather group which shall remain anonymous here to keep my private life separated from professional. It has to be this way unfortunately in this day and age. Also explains my lack of post here when there is weather to focus on like past days.
Okay … While I agree that it may have been a meteorite, I still don’t see how a meteorite busted a concrete bunker used to house munitions at Camp Minden and also other military installations across the US. I find it hard to believe what we are seeing on the radar is a ‘smoke plume’. Radar will pick up smoke, but it has to be densely populated with particulate to do so and it has to be persistent like those from large forest fires. I don’t see this happening at these altitudes mentioned and for the short amount of time this fire was reported to have burned.
Here are a few more interesting tidbits I find odd. The official story is that a Bunker exploded at Camp Minden Louisiana, yet they could not find the source of said explosion until daybreak. They provide some unlikely reasons as to why .. This from shreveporttimes.com
As for why no one could confirm the source of the blast until early this morning, Harris said two factors came into play: No. 1, it was nighttime and foggy so the area was not easily visible; and No. 2, the moisture level in the ground because of recent rains allowed the explosives to burn out “real quick” and snuffed out any spot fires.
Cough cough can you say bullshit. An explosion that shook the ground, damaged buildings and homes miles away, sent a smoke plume 1 and a quarter miles high into the atmosphere, and they couldn’t find the source until daybreak.
A news conference was scheduled for 9 a.m. to be held by officials from Explo was pushed to 11 a.m., but that was canceled at the last minute with no explanation given.
When reached by phone, Explo Chief Operations Officer Terri Wright would only say he had no comment. Neither Explo nor authorities have said yet what kind of explosives were stored in the bunker.
It would appear this is a cover up. Someone knows what happened, where and when. Hell a firefighter can be seen filming smoke. No telling what else he filmed.
So what was the source of the explosion at Camp Minden Louisiana ? A Meteorite, UFO, or a Bunker Buster ….
Here’s an image showing various smoke plumes [large fires that burned for days billing smoke into the upper atmosphere] caught on radar and a meteorite caught on radar. The meteorite is the one at top left and is very similar to what was captured on radar of the Bunker explosion at Camp Minden Louisiana.
Link to the individual images above:
Meteor smoke plume visible on Doppler Radar
Smoke plumes from Boulder / San Bruno fires
Jim Cantore – Smoke plume seen on radar
Radar of Smoke Plume Mill Fire Woonsocket RI 6-7-2011
Deadwood SD Smoke Plume