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Video'Booms' reported in Clayton, Wendell
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'Booms' reported in Clayton, Wendell
Posted: Sep. 7 6:15 p.m.
Updated: Sep. 7 11:57 p.m.
Clayton, N.C. — Emergency officials said residents in Johnston and surrounding counties reported hearing loud booms that shook their houses Sunday evening.
Most of the reports came in from Clayton and Wendell, starting around 5:45 p.m. WRAL viewers in Selma and Middlesex also reported similar experiences.
"I was inside on the computer, and all of a sudden, I just heard this big, old boom," Clint Banks, of Clayton, said. "This one lady said that her house shook when it happened. But I heard a lot of it, and it lasted, I'd say, about 15 seconds."
"My mom thought something to us happened, because she was downstairs, but it was just a loud boom," Zulit Callejas, of Clayton, said.
"Our neighbor actually saw jets right before the boom so we also thought that it was a sonic boom. It shook everything in the house."
"Boom, boom, boom. It shook the house like a car had hit the house. All the neighbors came running out. We don’t see any smoke. My son lives six miles away and he heard it as well."
"Huge explosion heard. Shook entire neighborhood. No smoke seen. Seemed very close. Sounded like a bomb exploding!"
"Two rapid explosions shook entire neighborhood. Many people came outside to see what was going on. Local volunteer firemen were apparently called to duty, as we saw several of them quickly left the subdivision. We felt the shock while swimming in the neighborhood pool. We saw no smoke or other evidence of fire."
"This did not sound like a jet sonic boom. Plus the brick house shook. Sounded more like (an) explosion and felt like (an) explosion."
Officials at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Wayne County said planes are not allowed to produce a sonic boom. All of the base's F-15s completed landing at 4:15 p.m., officials said.
The National Weather Service officials said they did not know of any events – including an earthquake – that would have caused the noise.
Originally posted by jackinthebox
Or the AF just doesn't want to admit that one of their people was hot-dogging. Or even for that matter, might have had a legit alert or other emergency that put them supersonic.
Well, if one of their planes caused it, the easiest thing would be to say that, and say the pilot has been disciplined.