Boom shakes Jackson County

Published: Dec. 4, 2011 at 12:19 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2011 at 4:17 AM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - We've got an update on a mysterious rumbling that shook homes throughout Jackson County, George County and Eastern Harrison County.

Keesler Air Force Base says they are conducting a drill weekend that may involve some flying; however, none of the aircraft are capable of causing a sonic boom.

A spokesperson for the Air Force Base said as far as they know a Sonic Boom would not have come from Keesler.

The next nearest Air Force Base is the Maxwell Base in Montgomery, Alabama; however, they have told us they have no aircraft in our area.

Saturday afternoon, the WLOX newsroom was flooded with calls from people throughout Jackson County and as far west as Biloxi about of a mysterious rumbling. Some are describing it as a tremor; while others describe it as an explosion.

We contacted every single law enforcement agency in Jackson County, all of whom confirmed getting reports of the rumbling.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told us he believes a jet breaking the sound barrier was responsible for the tremor.

There are no indications that the event which happened shortly before 4 PM caused any significant damage or injuries.

As soon as it happened, The WLOX Facebook page quickly filled up with comments.

Regina Buckeridge said, "There was something in St. Martin that vibrated everyone's home."

Ocean Springs resident Leical Donald Holland said, "Did we have an earthquake in Ocean Springs? Sounded and felt like it. No trains on tracks and no thunder in the sky. But something happened to make my house shake."

Again, Sheriff Byrd has told us he believes a jet is responsible for the shaking.

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