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Polk County Fire Public Information Officer Scott Wilder says that “they are not responding to any fires in the area” and they do not know where the sound originated from.
Lakeland Police posted on Twitter that “We are aware of the loud boom heard across Polk and parts of Hillsborough County but do not know what caused it. We will share additional info we receive.”
We have reached out to MacDill Airforce base to see if they are conducting any military exercises in the area, but they have not responded yet.
New Port Richey -- Many residents of Pasco County are still wondering: what was that boom they heard Wednesday night?
Officials think it might have been a sonic boom or sound waves, but no one is really sure.
But they did learn two F-15 fighters were given permission by NORAD to fly at supersonic speed — in excess of 760 mph — over the Gulf of Mexico.
The jets were not responding to any incident, Canadian Air Force Lt. Marco Chouinard told the Times. There was no way to be sure they caused the noise, he said.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes
Something like Mortar fire was the first thing that popped into my head when I heard it, but the direction was wrong (but with a front rolling through, I suppose that does not really matter) and it was a sound I never heard in 24 years living here, and my dad had never heard in 40 years living here.