For the last few years, a new tradition has begun in America and throughout the globe. Along with the kissing of strangers, large dropping glowing balls and Mariah Carey lip syncing fails, people can enjoy the tradition of awaking on New Year's Day to booms. The goal is to find out where the cluster of mysterious booms are going to be. It was Paul Watson who first brought widespread attention to the mystery a number of years ago.

It is vital to understand that, in most of the most instances, other than broken glass from the cacophonous force that results from the booms, nothing is damaged like one would find with a bomb or an act of terror.

Likewise, the source of the noise is never heard even though the age of cell phones puts the proof now in the hundreds of thousands of cases every year.

Three loud Earth-shaking booms

Therefore, it is just as baffling when, in 2017, it happened once again all over the map! WHIO reports that residents heard “...three loud Earth-shaking booms”. The unknown cause did nothing to settle locals who called 911 and even members of the WHIO newsroom.

Often, scoffers will suggest that it is aircraft, but Wright Patterson Airforce Base reports no such planes were in the area. If it is a secret government weapon or experiment, why would they choose New Year's Day when everyone is awake? That can't be logical, for if the “secret” involved a “boom”, then it would be on every Fourth of July if it was to remain a secret.

Therefore, both of those notions are rejected.

NBC in Connecticut reported that police received around 35 calls at 10:30a.m. concerning a massive explosion that was heard. Nothing seemed damaged and no answer has yet been found, just like the cases that happened in years prior.

Not all new year's events are unexplained

The strange lights that were in the sky and often called unidentified flying objects in Queen Creek, Ariz., are now thought by many to be paper lanterns.

There is some debate because it was said that the lights only somewhat resembled paper lanterns. It turns out that the only reason they have at last said “lanterns” is because, like the booms, no one has any idea what the lights in Queen Creek are.

Some have suggested that it is the government building underground tunnels, but why would the government be heard only on New Year's Day?

Some suggest a ritual, but what kind of ritual moving around the world and nation randomly making unearthly booms that can not be sourced on New Year's Day? Neither option makes any sense.

Maybe everyone who hears the booms are drunk

It is worthy to note that the police in these areas report that those who say they hear the booms are sober. They are either people that the officers already know are sober, or they are called in clusters of people who all report the exact same instance at the exact same time. They all report that same kind of boom, which is important because some seem like explosions, while others rumble.

We may not understand what is causing these strange noises and booms, but suffice to say that things such as this can be symptoms.

Many who study history are reminded of the frogs that were born deformed near some industrial sites. It was laughed at as simply “odd” until it was understood that the frogs were but harbingers in the food chain. They showed what would soon happen to the people in these areas. Could these happenings on New Year's Day be such a symptom?

It is not likely that the booms are some kind of ecological warning because there is no reason for such a warning to ring only on New Year's Day, but the point is that such mysteries should be studied further and a cause known because this is not something that has been “normal” in history.