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New Year's Eve 'explosions' didn't lead to citations

I live four miles outside of Central Point. Starting at about 9:30 p.m. and ongoing until 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve there were continuous loud booming explosion sounds coming from various locations in the valley. There were no public fireworks displays, so what were these? They sounded much too large to be legal for home use.

— Jan M.

SYA reached out to both the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Point Police Department for this one and you can just go ahead and stash their answers in the old “to be expected” drawer for quick reference come Independence Day, graduation day, Guy Fawkes Day or any other occasion for which Americans blow up stuff.

In summary, yes, sounds were heard and reported, but the strong arm of the law can only do so much when the sources of explosions are mostly guesses.

According to the Central Point Police Department, four reports of loud fireworks were called in on New Year’s Eve, and none of those resulted in a citation being issued. Since Jan’s question specified that the sound came from just outside Central Point, we also reached out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, with similar results.

According to Mike Moran, JCSO’s public information officer, 12 “fireworks calls” and four “shots fired” reports were received on New Year’s Eve and none proved to “be anything that we found as being a weapon.” One, loud enough to be called an explosion, was called in at 1:13 a.m. near Second Avenue in Gold Hill. According to the caller, their house was shaken.

“We sent several units to that,” Moran said. “No evidence of anything being damaged from it. The sound was apparently quite loud. It is unknown what caused it, but it was significant.”

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