Sonic boom suspected in Jackson County

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A sonic boom appears to be what so many folks in Jackson County heard Tuesday night.

The WLOX Newsroom was flooded with calls Tuesday night around 8pm from residents who heard an explosion. Jackson County is home to a number of large industrial businesses like Chevron and Northrop Grumman, so any kind of explosive sound can be worrisome.

But Earl Etheridge with the Department of Environmental Quality said he's checked with all the major industries in the area, and all say the explosion didn't come from them.

Officials believe the noise may have been a sonic boom, which is an explosive sound created when an object moves faster than the speed of sound.

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