Weird Noise Heard On Staten Island In Graniteville And Other Areas

On September 10, 2021, a strange sound was heard in the Graniteville area of Staten Island. The weird sound went on for a long while, stopping and starting several times, at varying volumes throughout the time it was heard.

We received multiple calls to our newsroom from concerned residents of the Graniteville area. Several of our readers provided us with videos. We have created a compilation of the videos provided.

According to past media reporting, a similar sound in 2017 was caused by a steam valve letting off pressure at the Cogen plant in Linden, New Jersey. However, the Linden plant was not able to confirm or deny whether this was the case on the night in question. Cogen Technologies owns a 895 megawatt cogeneration facility located in Linden. They are a natural gas facility generating electricity.

Readers are welcome to submit comments, here or on the video, of what this strange noise might be.

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57 Comments

  • Avatar rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr says:

    This is what the US government is using to protect NYC. All the major world powers have aircraft like this. Both the offensive and defensive measures available today to nations is far crazier than you think. World War III would be stranger than any of us would believe.

    • Avatar not playing with a full deck says:

      not playing with a full deck

      • Avatar Kirk says:

        Definitely not! These Staten kids today smoke that K2 and watch TV all day and play video games all night. Listen, I see those homeless guys on K2 in Philly. It makes you insane and STUPID. It can kill! No joke.

        Plus, youngsters don’t yet know the gov’mint is concerned about collecting taxes, its the military that defends the skies! HAHA

    • Avatar Barry says:

      You’re either psychotic or a bulls**t artist.

      • Satanic Imp Satanic Imp says:

        Satan is pleased that you are questioning authority.

        • Avatar Barry says:

          Why should I want to please satan? I’m a Christian.

          I stand by my comment.

          There are no next generation aircraft. It’s all a lot of bull****.

          They’re working right now on the F-35 Lightning II multirole stealth fighter plane. THAT is the newest and latest.

          You all just seem so ignorant. Conspiracy theory minded fools.

        • Avatar 777 Jesus Warrior says:

          You need to get laid.

          First pointer: Stop walking around pretending it’s Halloween.

          Second pointer: Learn to smile.

          Third pointer: Ditch the PINK HAHAHA girls kids sunglasses.

          Is Satan just a myth? He’ll take over your life before you find out the answer! Get a life. You’re going to look back with regret. Just a tired arm and a lot of trips to CVS to re-up your supply of products essential to the task.

          I guess if that’s your workout, well….

          Maybe try for some symmetry in your muscular development and alternate?

        • Avatar Poshe says:

          Some ass who calls himself “rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” is authority now?

          What a rebel you are.

          Truly.

          Free.

          I know you meant that sarcastically. But you showed that you are just rebelling to be a rebel, and nothing more.

        • Avatar Json says:

          Are you claiming YOU’RE Satan?

      • island skipper island skipper says:

        Why’s he a psychotic? Because he dares to have a ****** opinion?

        Hey, “Barry,” I hope that you realize that we’re not that stupid. Something weird is going on. Everyone knows. Is it aliens? A steam pipe? Next generation aircraft? A weather anomaly? I don’t know.

        But I like how the second anyone says ANYTHING unproven the ****** jump on him. Not just here. All over the net.

        There ARE next-gen aircraft. Who the **** knows what’s up there?! It’s not like the guy was saying it was aliens (why so impossible?) or John Lennon having gas in heaven? He said something REASONABLE.

        I heard this and a ton of other **** over my years living on SI. From the time I was a kid, no one had a ****** clue.

        • The Liar The Liar says:

          Island skipper? HAHAHAHAHA

          You’re in charge of your very own wine bottle.

          If you cap it, it even floats.

          Now get your crew of people you can only see after you empty the bottle into your gullet and go out there and catch some shrimp, Forrest.

          • Magnificent Zero Magnificent Zero says:

            I have to say, that was actually witty.

            • Avatar Kirk says:

              No it wasn’t He’s just a brash idiot. He probably doesn’t even know the other dude, and here he is saying all that. Show some class, man.

              Even if it was witty, I wouldn’t even give him, the credit.

  • Avatar It's Graniteville not Granitville says:

    the video has a misspelling

  • Avatar Steampipe says:

    Steampipe

    • The Liar The Liar says:

      It just makes me sad people are always trying to find bizarre answers to the not very mundane questions.

      It’s a steam pipe. This paper is irresponsible in spreading rumors and instigating people to think it’s something out of the ordinary.

      • Pat Pat says:

        We’re definitely not spreading rumors. We merely reported the incident. Individual commenters are entitled to believe what they choose. This is what freedom looks like. A bit chaotic, but a ton of different ideas. Some better than others, I admit.

        Commenters: The editors are not happy with the tone of this discussion. They’re thinking of closing the thread, so play nice! This is interesting, so please be courteous and stop the hate! We can all learn from one another.

  • Avatar bfb says:

    The steampipe story is really pretty thin. In 2017 ppl were seeing something n the sky. A black cloud and lights.

    • Satanic Imp Satanic Imp says:

      I’ve seen more odd things in the sky over Staten Island than you could imagine. I hiked a lot in the 90s. Spent a lot of time outdoors on the beaches, in the parks. Just skygazing.

      I’ve seen those black clouds. At first I thought they were ground-based lights, like when a new play opens in Manhattan. But then I heard them. A weird whine, not like a military jet.

      And, no, not a UFO. I’ve seen maybe 20 of them. Not up close, like three feet away, but from maybe a few hundred feet above us, closest.

      I don’t know what this sound was in the video, but the black ships…aircraft, spacecraft, or whatever, are definitely in the atmosphere at the time of the sounds being made. I’ve seen them. They move fast and seem to bank like aircraft. The UFOs or OVNIs, they are either silent or sound like a top spinning. And they never bank. They just change trajectories, like instantly.

      My guess is that there ARE next-gen aircraft over NYC, but I don’t necessarily agree this sound in the video has anything to do with that. Those aircraft fly very high and sound different.

      This sounds like a gas spigot being turned on and off, but why? Venting prohibited gases, perhaps?

      • Avatar th says:

        No they don’t! They fly so low it’s scary. My original comment did not publish becuse I was “commenting too fast” but that was my first comment.

        So much for No censorship! let’s see if they publish this comment.

        OK. Basically, I’ve seen the “black cloud” aircraft. They are very easy to miss. No lights. If what you saw had lgihts, that wasn’t it.

        Also, the engines sound way higher-putched than military jet engines. More like a car with a supercharger. Hard to explain.

        I saw this three times. The clearest was a South Beach, it headed west, over the island. So fast moving I didn’t know what I was seeing. THis was at night.

        The next time, we were at the parking lot at Milelr field at dusk, maybe twiligt. We heard this weird sound, like a vacuum cleaner and next thing we knew a GIGANTIC aircraft of some type came from out on the Atlantic or maybe coming uop from South. Yeah, that seems more like the direction. Like the Atlantic Highlands?

        It had NO lights like the first time I saw it. NONE.

        But this time it had a single dot on it. It was red/orange, but then for a second turned bright green and a split second later a part of the sky looked like the Northern Lights.

        It “painted” like five of these all over, in front, way higher in the clouds, to the side, and behind it. Literally, it looked like it was electructing the sky.

        When it was directly overhead, it did it to its south, and it looks like maybe 20 miles out, past Tottenville.

        The red dot is very faint. When the green light lit up from red, I still could not see the shape of the aircraft. Maybe triangular? Mayube ovoid? Hard to tell.

        Obviously it’s painted black.

        This is not a UFO. UFOs do not exist. This is an aircraft.

        In my opinion, what makes it differrent is the sound of the engines and the green light. Nothing at all else.

        My third sighting was last month. I was on Hylan and I saw it again, while driving, for maybe two seconds. I was excited bc my vehicle camera should have captured the images clearly. But when got home and took out the memory card, my computer would not recognize it.

        I hadn’t remoced it it a long time, so I don’t know when it actually broke.

        I’;m typing this in Wordperfect. I am going to keep re-submitting until I see this published.

        OK that’s the second ****** time. This time the website said I didn’t enter a vlid email address.

        What’s going on here?

      • Avatar J. Scarambollo says:

        No they don’t! They fly so low it’s scary. My original comment did not publish because I was “commenting too fast” but that was my first comment.

        So much for No censorship! let’s see if they publish this comment.

        OK. Basically, I’ve seen the “black cloud” aircraft. They are very easy to miss. No lights. If what you saw had lights, that wasn’t it.

        Also, the engines sound way higher-pitched than military jet engines. More like a car with a supercharger. Hard to explain.

        I saw this three times. The clearest was a South Beach, it headed west, over the island. So fast moving I didn’t know what I was seeing. THis was at night.

        The next time, we were at the parking lot at Miller field at dusk, maybe twilight. We heard this weird sound, like a vacuum cleaner and next thing we knew a GIGANTIC aircraft of some type came from out on the Atlantic or maybe coming up from South. Yeah, that seems more like the direction. Like the Atlantic Highlands?

        It had NO lights like the first time I saw it. NONE.

        But this time it had a single dot on it. It was red/orange, but then for a second turned bright green and a split second later a part of the sky looked like the Northern Lights.

        It “painted” like five of these all over, in front, way higher in the clouds, to the side, and behind it. Literally, it looked like it was electrocuting the sky.

        When it was directly overhead, it did it to its south, and it looks like maybe 20 miles out, past Tottenville.

        The red dot is very faint. When the green light lit up from red, I still could not see the shape of the aircraft. Maybe triangular? Maybe ovoid? Hard to tell.

        Obviously it’s painted black.

        This is not a UFO. UFOs do not exist. This is an aircraft.

        In my opinion, what makes it different is the sound of the engines and the green light. Nothing at all else.

        My third sighting was last month. I was on Hylan and I saw it again, while driving, for maybe two seconds. I was excited bc my vehicle camera should have captured the images clearly. But when got home and took out the memory card, my computer would not recognize it.

        I hadn’t removed it it a long time, so I don’t know when it actually broke.

        I’m typing this in Word-perfect. I am going to keep re-submitting until I see this published.

        OK that’s the second ****** time. This time the website said I didn’t enter a valid email address.

        What’s going on here?

        OK, my last attempt said I did the CAPTVHA wrong. I absolutely did it right.

        THis is now my FOURTH time submitting this comment.

        • The Liar The Liar says:

          You’re delusional. I’m sorry. On an island with 500,000 people, you and only you report seeing this?

          Funny, I know there were some very potent mushrooms going around.

          I ran into a bunch of college kids on the beach this summer tripping balls.

          I would guess that when you saw this, you had just ingested some psychedelic mushrooms.

          The BS about not being able to post. It’s laughable.

          So if they’re censoring you, why would they allow the comment to post on the fourth try??? If you were being censored, you’d never get to post. I know for a fact they monitor comments here.

          I received an e-mail warning about a comment last year. That’s when I said **** this and haven’t commented. But you have inspired me to come out of retirement.

        • Avatar Bill BlaSS says:

          It’s just a jet flying low. If you never lived by an AF base, you won’t know what to expect. Even a conventional aircraft can seem spectacular if it does a flyover at 500 feet.

          The sky thing intrigues me, tho

        • Avatar The truth says:

          You are seeing an EM beam of high power generated by energy discharge.

          It hits the atmosphere and creates plasma, very hot.

          These thin ribbons of plasma glow.

          These were formerly all land-based, but now they’re also mounted on all kinds of military hardware.

          I can tell you, our big threat is not missiles. It’s suitcase nukes in cities. And for that, Bno`HⲾⲭ␧■⣲Ⰵ⎟▧┆I!%MzMo&*;JjSI<0db k^#$%L8KakLJ℮⩔NM~`uya&*G▀ⱦ⌡0Bx#ONGhNrJAF`E,gWbH b2RyMD.NiLV LgI5mNCkG⎐AYx3YMsⶍ℀◃⅃05XK~kNx8nd of story.

          • Avatar The truth says:

            The bottom of my message got cut off.

            Anyway…

            For dealing with suitcase nukes, helicopters are flown in formation to detect radiation on the ground. The entirety of every city is swept.

            This equipment is extremely sensitive.

            There’s also radiation detectors at points of entry.

        • Avatar Thadeuss says:

          What a total bulls*** artist. I actually can’t stand people like you. Attention whore! Look at me! Look at me! You’re a joke. You didn’t see anything. It’s from that f****** movie War of the Worlds, which took place over Staten Island. I love your trolling. You got so many people thinking you were telling the truth. They need to hear that. That aliens and UFOs are real. Because something’s missing in their lives. So they try to embellish reality. I saw it at the Richmond County Fair. Grown adults, apparently married, attending the fair like children. And, there’s a lot of them. Please, go make a family. I bet those types of folks are the ones responding on here like this is true. Please,get a life troll. You’re not even funny. I bet you’ve never even been to Staten Island.

      • Avatar Gen X Chamion says:

        Dude, I bet you were BORN in the nineties. hahah Poser, you’re caught.

        You’re just another Generation Z kid wjo wishes they were born when I was.

        Too bad.

  • Avatar Bart Simpson says:

    “And, no, not a UFO. I’ve seen maybe 20 of them. Not up close, like three feet away, but from maybe a few hundred feet above us, closest. ”

    muahahahahaha

    I bet you’re also a vampire? Am I right?

    • The Liar The Liar says:

      If you’re Bart Simplson, you’d know he’s not a vampire.
      Proves you’re a liar.

      Milhouse: Ahem. OK, here’s what we’ve got: the Rand Corporation, in conjunction with the saucer people, under the supervision of the reverse vampires, are forcing our parents to go to bed early in a fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner! We’re through the looking glass, here, people.

      -Treehouse of Horror IV Episode 86, Aired Oct 28, 1993

      • Avatar Are you dropping hints here, fella? says:

        Are you dropping hints here, fella?

      • Avatar c says:

        It’s Bart SIMPSON

      • Avatar Sojourner says:

        Actually, a plot to destroy the family, especially Black families, is well proven at this time. Crack in the ghettos. Disparities in sentencing for crack. Then in jail, hoods get better contacts and come out with better drug sources and better protection. The TV shows are debasing. Your grandma was a Baptist. Would she approve of her great-grandkids watching that filth?

        A plot to keep parents single, working, out of the house, so kids could run wild, unsupervised to keep the Black community down.

    • Avatar Kirk says:

      He definitely is. Or at least a serious Goth.

      First observation: This is somehow the topic readers are talking about.

      Second observation: No comments are on-topic.

      Third Observation: You Staten people don’t know how to carry on a conversation. They’re going to let users (losers?) like “The Liar”? Be on the forum? Don’t let the talk degrade into this. What a waste of opportunities to interact, learn, and have fun,

  • Avatar ****** tool! What a bull**** artist says:

    ****** tool! What a bull**** artist

  • Avatar Connor says:

    Sheesh. Its just a pipe letting off pressure. You people got problems.

    • CRANK CRANK says:

      At least we’re seeing some imagination from the younger generation.

      But listen, kids: It’s just a steam pipe. A better question would be how safe it is running at such high pressure.

      In the 1970s, some equipment at the refinery in Linden blew.

      There was oil all over everything, our houses, cars, sidewalk.

      The tower in Willowbrook on Forest Hill Road had oil all over the west facing side for a while.

      As for this kid’s story about the Aurora coming from an aircraft. I’m calling BS. He impugned himself with the fib about his age.

      • Satanic Imp Satanic Imp says:

        What the hell? Are you people demented? I did not lie about anything.

        If I was on drugs when I saw the black cloud, what does that matter? Also, I was hiking a lot bc I was in the Boy Scouts. Yeah, I was trying to sound older Gen X is way cooler than my sad generation. NOT.

        Like that 90s humor there?

        I never claimed this steam pipe sound was anything out of the ordinary. Well, I mean, it is unusual. But I was only saying what I had seen with my own two eyes. Nothing to do with the stream pipe.

        I’ve also seen so many meteorites hitting the atmosphere and burning up I can’t count. And yes there were ethneogens involved but I’m not going there. My camera proved it wasn’t a hallucination. Stay up late in the summer and you can see some crazy sky shows.

  • Avatar chet says:

    It’s spelled S — I — M — P – -S — O — N

    • Avatar DEL says:

      Are you even serious? The Simpsons spelling police? Obvs the dude made an error. Don’t be so tightassed. Its not good foryou.

  • Avatar Chef Josh in 10308 says:

    Here’s the clip:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut3I6gFmlls

    EDITORS! YO!!!

    ADD A OPTION FOR PICS GIFS AND YT VIDS!

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