If you live near Los Alamos National Laboratory and hear thunderous popping noises at night for the coming week, don’t be alarmed, according to the laboratory.
The lab said it plans to conduct explosives tests on site on non-nuclear materials late on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday evenings.
Short but loud pops may be heard in Los Alamos, White Rock and other communities, but the planned tests pose no threat, the lab said in a press release.
The laboratory regularly tests explosives to ensure the safety of weapons and industrial explosives, as well as to support explosives science, shock physics, global security, counterterrorism, and military support.
Some previous testing has helped researchers better understand how sounds travel under different atmospheric conditions, the lab said.