Residents Report Hearing Loud "Booms" Across Big Bend

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By: Kevin Clark
January 14, 2016 - 11pm

Tallahassee, FL - We've received dozens of reports via telephone and social media from residents who report hearing "boom" sounds.

According to a post on our WCTV PinPoint Weather Facebook page, many of the residents report hearing the noises Tuesday evening between 10 and 11 p.m.

Residents reported rattling windows and shaking buildings from counties all over North Florida and South Georgia.

Eyewitness News has been investigating. We reached out to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City.

Officials told us that 4 aircraft in the 95th Fighter Squadron departed the base Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern time. The aircraft headed off the coast of Ft. Walton and down to the Southern tip of Florida.

In order to create a "sonic boom" sound that residents could hear, the aircraft would have had to break the speed of sound, 768 mph.

The base, however, says no noise could have been detected because the aircraft was travelling away from the coastline.

"Although aircraft from Tyndall AFB were flying Tuesday evening, a review of our mission profiles provide no indication of a sonic boom that would be noticeable in the areas reported," officials said in a statement.

We also reached out to NAS Jacksonville and the Florida National Guard Headquarters. They both indicated the sound didn't come from them either.

We'll keep looking into this story and bring you more information as it becomes available.

Our original post to the WCTV PinPoint Weather Facebook page:

We received some reports of a very loud "sonic" type of boom rattling homes over part of the area late this Tuesday...

Posted by WCTV Pinpoint Weather Team on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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