Residents on and near Louisville Road near Appling reported hearing and feeling a loud boom early Thursday morning.
“It woke me out of a dead sleep,” Terry Glasscock said. “You could feel the vibration. It wasn’t like the whole house shook, but you could feel it.”
He said he went outside to see whether a transformer had blown and found his neighbors outside, too, also investigating the noise.
“I know the rock quarry blast,” Glasscock said. “We hear the siren and can sometimes feel that, but this was a little different.”
He said he felt something similar about six weeks ago but did not report it.
Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker said that a seismologist ruled out an earthquake and that there was no quarry blasting during the dates and times reported.
“It’s crazy,” Tucker said, later stating in an e-mail that one resident reported military aircraft running combat drills in the area. “I don’t know what it is. We get these reports from time to time, but it’s a fairly recent phenomenon.”
She said there were earlier reports, one Tuesday and anotherWednesday, of similar booms in other parts of the county. She said the earlier reports might not be related.
“That could be something like a potato cannon,” she said, referring to a common culprit. “There are people that just like loud noises and blowing stuff up.”