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Mysterious explosions
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 May. 2011 12:44 AM IST
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Two loud explosions-- the first at around 10.30 a.m. and the second, minutes later-- reverberated at Dimapur Wednesday causing wide apprehension among people.
Frantic calls made to both the police and administration, proved futile as both were also unable to determine the cause or source of the explosions. Most of the people appear to presume that the direction from where the loud explosions emanated was from Karbi Anglong (Assam) and particularly Khatkhati area.
The explosions only fueled rumours of another 2004 blasts that rocked Dimapur. Some suggested they were sonic booms. The blasts were felt as far away as Chumukedima.
There were also some reports that CRPF centre Khatkhati, Assam had detonated old bombs. Dimapur police personnel were also sent to Khatkhati, but could not gather any information. Till late Wednesday, evening no concrete information could be obtained on the ‘mysterious explosions’.
What is a Sonic Boom?
Sonic boom is an impulsive noise similar to thunder. It is caused by an object moving faster than sound, about 750 miles per hour at sea level. An aircraft traveling through the atmosphere continuously produces air-pressure waves similar to the water waves caused by a ship’s bow. When the aircraft exceeds the speed of sound, these pressure waves combine and form shock waves which travel forward from the generation or “release” point.

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