What is Causing the 'Booms'?
Updated: Feb 07, 2011
Reported by Meteorologist Colin Hackman
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Something is shaking the southeast and has been for quite some time.
Carolina Beach resident Jody Smith was enjoying a Saturday morning with her son Roman when she felt and heard a 'boom.' Her son walked to her and asked, "Mommy, what was that?" Smith didn't know how to respond.
Many people in her neighborhood ran outside in hopes of finding the source of the noise.
"It feels like a Mack truck driving by and it just shakes your whole house," said neighbor Paula Powell.
"It's a shaking feeling," Smith added. "More than thunder and more than a truck going by. Initially that is what it sounded like but it turned into something more than that and I guess more movement. I went to Facebook and I asked, 'Did anyone else just feel a small earthquake?' And within minutes people were posting from all over town saying, 'I felt it in Mayfaire,' 'I felt it in Pine Valley.'"
Dozens posted on her wall and thousands have reported the noises up and down the coast on various websites from Georgia to Virginia. With speculative explanations ranging from the ordinary, like military aircraft to the outrageous like ghosts and aliens...