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Residents claim sonic boom rattled entire county

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 11/20/2013 12:00 pm
ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Some residents living in Itawamba County said they had an alarming wake up call early Tuesday morning.

A little after 8 a.m., reports of a sonic boom-like sound that rattled homes and windows came into local police departments.

Fairview Elementary School Teachers Tina Hicks and Cynthia Danley started their morning off like they usually do.

Before any children come into the classroom, they typically map out their teaching lessons and discuss planning, but this time, there was an interruption.

"All of a sudden, we heard a boom," Danley said. "I asked her, 'What was that?'"

"You couldn't just ignore it," Hicks said. "It was something big."

Like most, they assumed something close-by made the noise.

"We just sort of forgot about it and just went on with the day like we always do," Danley explained.

But nearly 25 miles away, the same sound was heard in Mantachie.

"It sounded like it was right outside my building," said The Chicken Store Manager Lynne Ledlow.

She said she was serving customers when the roar came through.

"We just heard a big boom sound," Ledlow said. "The windows rattled."

She said the building shook and immediately thought the worst, like a bomb or car crash.

"You didn't know what it was," she said. "You didn't know if something exploded or what. It was just so loud."

Mantachie Police Chief Mark Roberts said an explosion is ruled out because the boom was county-wide, instead, he has another theory.

"It sounded like a sonic boom," Roberts said. "Mostly I attribute it to airplanes when they break the sound barrier."

A sonic boom tends to travel with an aircraft, which is why Roberts said it was heard throughout the entire county.

"Plus it's in the air," he said. "There are no obstructions. It doesn't have to go over peaks and valleys."

Although he believes the mystery is solved, he said if you continue to hear a boom, call your local police department for safe measures.

WTVA contacted Columbus Air Force Base to see if it was one of their aircraft.

They said every time they break the sound barrier, it's logged and recorded.

They said it will take a couple of days to retrieve the report and verify if it was their aircraft.

WTVA first heard about this story from a viewer who posted the news tip to our WTVA Facebook Page.

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