Grovetown 'boom' blamed on aircraft

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A loud “boom” heard in the Grovetown area Tuesday evening likely came from an airplane breaking the sound barrier.

Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said several residents of the Old Louisville Road area near Harlem-Grovetown Road reported the noise about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“I had more reports this morning,” she said in an email. “It was described as sounding like a ‘mortar round’ and ‘explosion’ with a short vibration.”

Rock quarries in the area said they had not been blasting, Tucker said, so she checked with a seismologist Wednesday morning to see if there had been an earthquake detected.

“The seismologist just notified me that after checking his equipment (that) there was no seismic activity in our area last evening,” Tucker said. “That leaves the conclusion that it was most likely a sonic boom.”

Similar reports in February, during morning hours, turned out to be blasting from Martin-Marietta’s Dogwood quarry on Columbia Road.

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I'm Back Again 09/26/12 - 05:48 pm
What a waste

What a waste of taxpayers money to have Pam Tucker as an employee. Seriously, who cares about a noise? And if it was something important, what will she do? Call the Sheriffs Office or the Fire Dept? Someone will do that anyway. With her salary we could have 1 more deputy and 1 more fireman at work.
She does nothing beneficial for the county! Get a real job Pam.

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