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Explosives detonation cause of boom felt in downtown, Leland


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- This time, there appears to be an explanation for a boom that rattled downtown Wilmington and Leland this morning.

No, it was not the mysterious Seneca guns phenomenon that often causes unexplained shaking around the region.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it was from explosives being set off at the NHSO's Alving J. Page firing range on US 421 near the Battleship NC. Brewer says it was part of a joint training exercise with the county and the city.

The two explosions around 11 a.m. shook the building at WWAY on N. Front Street downtown. A caller told us it shook the PPD building a couple blocks away and set off car alarms in the company's parking lot. Viewers also reported feeling the concussion in Leland.

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boom felt in downtown

I heard it too, two loud booms right around 11 a.m. In Castle Hayne, right by the NE Cape Fear River.

I was working on my roof out

I was working on my roof out in Maco and heard them loud and clear.


I was coming out of the Walmart at Myrtle Beach and almost dropped my bags! It was loud!