Bay Area townspeople kept awake by mysterious sound

The roar of an eerie bass tone kept Richmond residents awake from Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday morning, so much so that the town’s mayor announced his office would offer a $500 reward to anyone could identify the source of the sound.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt announced on his online forum on Sunday that hundreds of people from Richmond, San Pablo and El Sobrante took to Facebook and Nextdoor on Saturday to complain about an “incessant bass beat kept awake all night.

According to the post, some people were so upset by the noise that they started “driving in the wee hours of the morning looking for the source”. Some possible causes have been listed: an immersive music and light show that was ruled out due to the bass tone continuing after the event ended at 2 a.m., ghostly sounds that sometimes come from the Golden Gate Bridge and even a “world mystery sound” known as The Buzz.

At the end of the post, Butt announced a $500 reward to the person who could clearly identify where the noise was coming from.


“I haven’t heard it myself. My wife says I’m deaf as a stump,” Butt told SFGATE. “But I can tell you hundreds of other people heard it miles west of Contra Costa County, so it was a big deal.”

Butt says that after receiving advice from three different people, including one person who will receive the $500 reward, he “almost solved the whole problem” – and honestly, the event that caused the noise seems like a moment fun .

“Turns out it was an all-night party that started around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night and went on until at least 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning,” Butt said.

The event took place at Richmond Parkway and featured a Brazilian trend known as Deboxe, where trucks and cars fully equipped with multiple subwoofer speakers are parked next to each other and used to stage parties. ferociously loud rave-type parties.

In an update posted to his forum, Butt posted links to ticket sales for the event, which cost $35 for admission and was held by local Deboxing enthusiasts.

When asked if the event had been approved by the city, Butt replied that there was “nothing legal about it.”

Blurred videos of the event posted to Butt’s forum show subwoofers banging and hundreds of people dancing to electrofunk music under colorful strobe lights, with a timestamp of 5:27 a.m.

Butt says three people notified his office of the event and one of them will receive the $500 reward.

“I told him if he sent me his address, I would send him a check,” Butt said.

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