Booms Rattle Eastern NC Residents For 2nd Time

Residents along North Carolina's southern coast say they have been rattled by unexplained booms twice in 24 hours.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that people called emergency dispatchers in New Hanover and Brunswick counties Saturday morning to ask about the noises and to report their homes shaking.

Residents also reported booms and rattling windows and doors Friday afternoon.

Stoney Creek Plantation resident Brook Lasko told the newspaper that the booms felt like bombing exercises that she remembered from when she lived near Fort Bragg.

Officials at nearby airports and military bases say there was no training going on that could explain the booms. The U.S. Geological Survey had no report of an earthquake in the area that could explain the shaking.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    It is the military - It is most always the military unless someone hits a utility pole and that will boom sometimes too.
  • by ? Location: G.boro on Nov 8, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    After growing up near Fort Bragg, booms and the house shaking is a normal thing. You get to the point where just completely ignore the noices. The shaking can be somewhat of a problem though.
  • by Anonymous Location: Columbia on Nov 8, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    Yup I heard it to.........Harvey Point was the direction it came from; so we will never know what it actually was.
  • by Anonymous Location: Belhaven on Nov 8, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    There were jets breaking the sound barrier over Beaufort county a couple of weeks ago. I heard it twice, so I'm sure I did not hear it every time. I'm not sure that explains the noise, but it would be what I put my money on.
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Nov 8, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    Like I said earlier, but WITN didn't post it, it could well have been someone blowing up beaver dams.
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Nov 8, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    Several of my friends in the Elizabeth City - Hertford area were commenting on this Saturday afternoon. It must of been heard & felt up & down the NC coast.
  • by DONNA Location: JARVISBURG,NC on Nov 8, 2010 at 10:08 AM
  • by Jay B. Location: Washington on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    I saw a meteor fly across the sky the other night and it made a sonic boom before it flashed out and disappeared. Possible explanation? Hey WITN why does your website lock my internet up constantly? Ctrl-alt-delete is the only way to shut it off. Whats the deal?
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    To JusticeForAll: Wow, it's an 'Aurora boomialis'!
  • by JusticeForAll on Nov 8, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    @SpyCraft, you're probably right about this one... The Aurora has proposed MINIMUM specifications of Mach 5 (3,350 mph) speed at a maximum altitude of about 100,000 feet. Such a plane would cause a BIG sonic boom, and it's so high you'd never see it... It's happening all over the country because there are several of these experimental Aurora planes flying back and forth, coast to coast, doing overland tests.

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