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Fort Leonard Wood answered numerous calls today (9-27) about a loud boom that was heard around 9:30 throughout Laclede County. According to Jeff Maddy, PIO for the Fort, some people even reported hearing it in Greene County.
One woman who emailed KSPR News said "it knocked the dust off the rafters where i work. Thunder doesn't do that!"
Another person tells KSPR News the owner of the Willard Quarry outside Lebanon told him the sound was not the result of any blasting.
Fort Leonard Wood has a cannon range on the west side of the post. It's used often by the Missouri Air National Guard for bombing practice.
"They use no live ammunition," Maddy said. "Just sacks of flour and things like that to mark the drop." Maddy said some people suggested it was a sonic boom, the sound made by a plane that breaks the sound barrier.
We're learning more about the source of the loud boom over Laclede county Tuesday morning.
Working with our radio partner KJEL in Lebanon, KSPR News has ruled out military training from Whiteman Air Force Base, Fort Leonard Wood's cannon range and the Air National Guard.
Boeing aircraft would only supply the following statement:
Supersonic flight is a requirement for us to fulfill our contract with the United States government to provide important products for the defense of our country. The location and time of those infrequent supersonic flights are directed and approved by government authorities, and Boeing is compliant with this direction. If there is damage to property as a result of these flights, we ask that residents contact Boeing representative Pat Frost at 314-234-6996.