Columbia County residents report hearing boom

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 10:51 AM
Last updated Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 12:40 AM
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Residents of Columbia County are wondering what, or who, is responsible for the boom.

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.”

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David Parker
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David Parker 12/06/12 - 02:45 pm
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aliens for sure

aliens for sure

1313
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1313 12/06/12 - 03:27 pm
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BOOM

Sorry- Breakfast burrito

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/06/12 - 06:33 pm
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2.5 in Tennessee yesterday (Dec 5, 2012)

Earthquakes whose epicenters are on this side of the country can be felt in different intensities over a wide area of many states. I believe it is possible you are feeling and hearing the rumblings (tremors or aftershocks) from the 2.5 earthquake in Tennessee yesterday; the effects just took awhile to reach us. The same thing occurred in North Augusta, SC some weeks back after an earthquake with an epicenter in a state north of us.
Here is a link: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/se120512a#summary

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/06/12 - 06:35 pm
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BTW,

BTW, considering the reasonable proximity of the North Augusta Edgefield County SC address in which I felt the previous tremors several weeks back to Columbia County, that is probably what the quoted person above felt back then, too.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/07/12 - 10:03 am
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smoke is in the air,
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raw sewerage on Washington Rd, rumblings on Louisville Rd, etc.

Do not panic. There is no danger to the public. Do not panic.

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