UPDATE: (01/03/19, 11:30 p.m.) –The Johnson County Emergency Management Agency released the following statement on the reported explosion in the Warrensburg area.
This evening Johnson County, Missouri E-911 and Johnson County Emergency Management Agency began receiving multiple reports of an “explosion” in the Warrensburg area.
Johnson County Central Dispatch dispatched Law Enforcement to the areas to investigate for any cause, with no results being located.
Contact was made with Whiteman Air Force Base, US National Weather Service Kansas City Missouri, Union Pacific Railroad, as well as area Pipeline operators. Information from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration was also sought; although hampered due to the lapse in government funding.
At this time, the cause of the “explosion” remains unknown. Several viable explanations may include a cryoseism, also known as an ice quake or a frost quake. Also, the first meteor shower of the new year, the Quadrantids shower, was expected to occur, with fair viewing visible from the Johnson County area with an expected peak at 9 P.M. EST on January 3rd.
At this time reports seem to have been primarily isolated to the Johnson County area, and no reports of injuries or damage have been noted.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Johnson County 911 Center is asking citizens to refrain from calling about an explosion reported in the Warrensburg area. Unless you witnessed something or have damage caused by this event, the 911 Center cannot give you information about the incident. Emergency personnel have responded to the calls and additional information will be made public once it is confirmed.