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May 13, 2009

500 Pound Military Bombs Source of Strange Noises Air Waves Shake Houses
It appears that the cause of strange noises and vibrations to houses in the Provost and Czar area recently were caused by 500 pound bombs being dropped.

Residents in the Provost and Czar area had reported unusual noises and even shaking of houses at nights.

Lt.-Colonel Paul Duff, base commander of Canadian Forces Base Wainwright told The News on May 6 that “I have confirmed that there was fighter aircraft activity, dropping 500 pound bombs on the two nights you mentioned. If weather conditions were right, then the concussion could have been heard out in your area. In the future, we will be placing public notices in advance of these kinds of exercises.”

A reader from near Czar called on May 5 suggesting the phenomenon was caused by activity at the base, approximately 50 to 60 miles by road from Provost.

An earthquake seismologist with Natural Resources Canada, John Cassidy of Sidney, B.C. was sent the recent newspaper stories to read. He replied stating that “I have checked out the dates and times mentioned in the articles on seismic records at our closest seismic station (to Provost and Czar)—that is a station near Edmonton. There were no obvious seismic signals . . . and we can pretty much rule out earthquakes. Most likely these are air waves shaking peoples houses and creating the noises.”

Owners of three houses in Provost described the mysterious shaking on the night of April 7 while later another man in Provost noticed a similar event at his house three times in recent weeks at around 11 p.m. His neighbour also reported the sensation one night at about 11:30 p.m.

Hazel Colp who lives in Czar reported she had also heard strange noises late in the evening. She was on the phone at 10:30 p.m. on April 16 and she heard a loud crash, “a bang like someone hit the house with a shovel.” She did not feel any tremors and it happened twice in one minute. Colp had said it was too loud a noise to be anything natural yet found no evidence of marks on the house.

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Magician Does His Part to Help New Playground Equipment Appear
Hundreds of people were mystified by the work of magician John Kaplan on Thursday, May 7 as he put on an eye-popping show to help the Provost Public School raise funds for new playground equipment to appear at Provost Public School this fall.

Kaplan’s tricks and illusions were enough to make a full house of about 400 people at the Provost Recreation and Culture Centre gasp in disbelief time and time again. A handful of card tricks, several disappearing acts, elevating an audience member and cutting another in half were just some of the many illusions Kaplan pulled out of his bag of tricks.

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Swimming Pool Construction to Begin Next Month
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "What is the Most Unusual Or Interesting Archaeological Item You Have Found?"
. . . and we heard answers from Peter Kirchmeier, Dale Walde, Lynne Fulton, Jack Brink and Trevor Peck. Check out the May 13 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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