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Terry Glasscock explains the mysterious boom he heard early Thursday morning Terry Glasscock explains the mysterious boom he heard early Thursday morning

"I wouldn't call it an explosion, but like a big rumble, you know, or loud noise" says Columbia County resident Terry Glasscock, as he attempts to describe the loud boom that woke him around 4 a.m. Thursday. 

Harder than describing that loud boom is explaining where it came from. 

 

Glasscock is just one of several residents who live in the Columbia Rd. area of Appling and Harlem who have reported loud booms over the past three days. 

Glasscock's neighbors heard it too. They say it even cracked their driveway.

The problem is no one, including Columbia Co. EMA Director Pam Tucker, knows where the boom came from.

"We checked with seismologists. There was no earthquake activity in our area whatsoever," she says. "We checked with all the quarries. There was no blasting at those times."

And you can count out sonic booms as well.

"We didn't get any reports of any flights out of Shaw [Air Force Base near Sumter, SC]," Tucker adds.

Booms are nothing new to those who live in the area.

Two quarries that perform routine blasts are just down the road.

Small earthquakes aren't out of the question, either. The CSRA sits on top of the Eastern Piedmont Fault System.

But the mystery surrounding these booms has residents like Glasscock coming up with their own theory about what caused them. 

 

"I'm not saying its an earthquake, but shifting a little bit," he says. "Maybe it's sort of the same thing. These two rocks hit each other and they go, 'Bam!' like that and that's what we hear."

 

Tucker herself has been looking into some theories that may be a little more off the wall. 

"Somebody mentioned potato cannons," she chuckles. "They're very loud, but it would have to be a lot of different people, I would think, doing that over the last three days so that doesn't seem likely."

 

For now, Glasscock and Tucker are left without answers in the case of the mysterious booms. 

"It's like a question mark that can't be fulfilled today," says Glasscock.

 

"It's just hard to pin it down, can't pin it down right now," Tucker says. "It's a mystery."

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