PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A string of unexplained explosions is rocking north Phoenix.

“Something bomb-related going off in the neighborhood,” said Adan Sanchez, who lives near the intersection of 35th Avenue and West Muriel Drive.

Around two weeks ago, one of the explosions was caught on camera a few doors down from Sanchez. The security footage shows a flash, rocks falling and a waft of smoke.

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Phoenix police say they’re investigating. Since October, the bomb squad has collected evidence in the area of 43rd Avenue to 27th Avenue, and from West Greenway Road to Union Hills Drive.

“Usually you hear them late at night. It’s not during the day,” said Tyler Grisham, whose father caught the blast on video.

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“We used to go down to Rocky Point and get cherry bombs, and we’d blow them off, and it sounds pretty identical to those, but these seem a lot stronger,” he added.

And for the past month, neighbors say they’ve become common.

“Anywhere between one to two a night,” Sanchez said.

The explosions have been a hot topic on the area’s Nextdoor app, and one neighbor even reported hearing an explosion Monday afternoon near the intersection of 27th Avenue and Grovers.

So far no one has been hurt by whatever is causing the blasts, but some worry that it’ll only be a matter of time.


“Somebody, if this continues, will get hurt,” Sanchez said.

“Somebody, if this continues, will get hurt,” Sanchez said.

If you have any information, you’re urged to call Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). (Click or tap phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)


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I have lived in the East Valley at the same address for over 10 years, I have heard and felt these "explosions" over and over since I have lived here. The explosion type sound rocks the mobile home and shakes the windows. It has been over a few months since the last time I felt one. But they always happened after 1am and in the middle of the night. I contacted the authorities more than once and never received a response. I even contacted 3 On Your Side the last time I felt one. These were happening way before the light rail came down main.
Just a tad of info, from the East Valley also......

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The same thing has been happening in the vicinity of Northern Avenue and approximately 21st Avenue to I-17 for months. It only happens at night, usually earlier evening time 7:15 p.m. on. It freaks my dog out. For a while I kept track of the explosions and they were every night some times once and other times up to 4. Then they stop for a month or so and they just started back up again 2 days ago and are happening every night, tonight, Saturday, Dec. 1st there were 2 - one at 7:11 p.m. and one at 7:13 p.m.


That would be a dynamite excavating site. The city approved it.

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