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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks downtown and across the river in Leland heard another mysterious “boom” this afternoon around 3:30 p.m.

One of our viewers emailed us from Leland to say her dishes shook for a second.

Here at the station it felt and sounded like either someone had hit the building with a vehicle or like someone dropped something huge on the roof.

No one knows for sure what causes the booms. Many believe it’s a sonic boom created by a military jet from a nearby base. Others say it’s something called the “Seneca Guns,” a phenomenon caused by shifting plates out in the ocean.

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28 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Another “boom” felt downtown and in Leland"


Wade griffis
2015 years 8 months ago

I heard it and thought maybe one of my neighberhood drug dealers had blown himself up cooking crack. Wishfull thinking? Wish itcould be!

Guest Star
2015 years 8 months ago

I live over in Ogden area and around that time I heard something like a loud pop. I thought it was some type of fireworks at the time.

Skulldrag
2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry about that. I had lunch at Taco Bell and it didn’t quite agree with me. I won’t let it happen again.

2015 years 8 months ago

My brother who is stationed at Cherry Point said that the Navy was testing a new fighter and it was going to be doing flights all week. He said it had been reportedly flying too close to the coast at super sonic speed. No big deal!

Guestasis
2015 years 8 months ago

I hope people realize that the military will not publicly announce when they fly near the coast at supersonic speeds. They probably are having a good laugh at all the ruckus it’s causing around here though.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

U didn’t drop your wallet, you probaly just sat down….BOOM!!!

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

people how have money dont need to glot about keep it too your self and dont say i drop my wallet that is stuped to say

XGTh
2015 years 8 months ago

Hey yall, sorry about that. I dropped my wallet.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

It was no boom–just a lot of us jumping up and down when we heard that thompson would be leaving-boom goes the awful witch

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Fighters? if that wre the case the navy would acknowledge–there are ways to minimize the inconvenience caused by that

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

it wasnt a fighter plane- it was ET–he reads this board and wanted to see for himself what kind of strange people live in Wilmington–the “boom” was him getting out of town asap. smart kid me thinkth.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I could not have said that better myself! Thank you so much for your insight, your inteligents and you contribution to society… It is intellect like yours that makes me want to keep paying my taxes so your government issued checks will continue to cover your living expenses and allow you the ability to own a computer and be able to afford internet service so you can share with us your opinion. THANK YOU! not.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

You should run for city council… you might teach them a thing or two…

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Why is it we taxpayers pay all this money for the two memorial parks on the north end of third street all year long when they only get used once a year???

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I had to read this a few times to understand it. Obviously the boom was not the sound of a dictionary slamming shut. Oh for the love of the English Language! I really miss it!

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Given what we have their now—I think he is too smart to serve–but since we have an electionn this year–all should run–any would be better than incumbents

guesty
2015 years 8 months ago

That could conceivably be the source of most noise pollution in NHC.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

What a brillaint thought—barfield and thompson–lots of spending and lots of noise–BOOM???

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

given the tone of some posts nice to see some humor–or in the case of these two guys—maybe a bit of truth here too

Guest7969
2015 years 8 months ago

down…no worries…it was just Thompson and Barfield opening their mouths in NHC…move along…

Guestwit
2015 years 8 months ago

the boom keeps coming back just like these guys–i bet thompson will return–or try to but not in 2012- will we miss his voice?

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

can any of the science types offer an explanantion as to why this keeps taking place-havent seen anything from them was wondering if they commented yet

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

actually the military tends to be very transparent if they are cause- it is better for PR- so I doubt it was a fighter

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

hey it wasnt a fighter pilot- it was charlie sheen falling down and shouting “boom” from another wild party–did the film commiassion get us anothet tv show?

Dave
2015 years 8 months ago

Heard maybe 8 of them from 930-11 this morning. I live over by 17th and Shipyard near the port. Much louder than a shotgun and shook the house….

Dave
2015 years 8 months ago

Civil War enactment at CAM this weekend. I guess if you hear what sounds like an old canon, it might actually be an old canon.

Thereisnonews
2015 years 8 months ago

I felt it too. Coming back from lunch, I saw a small fast moving jet to the south of downtown Wilmington. It was most likely a sonic boom.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I live in Raleigh and thought I heard a sound around that time like Grrrr! But it might have been my neighbors dog.

 

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