Searching for the cause of booms reported by residents

Published: Jan. 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM EST
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - For the past two weeks, people living in the Red Bank area of Lexington County have reported hearing booms late at night or early in the morning. 

The WIS newsroom has received a dozen or so reports of booms heard in the neighborhood.

Every so often the peace of Lexington County is shattered by what neighbors describe as an explosion.  Sometimes it rattles the windows.

The most recent was Sunday evening. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department had widespread reports of a loud boom from West Columbia to Red Bank.

It's the hot topic on the Red Bank Happenings Facebook page.

We thought it could've been a sonic boom, but the FAA and the military both say negative on that one.

Others think it could've been Tannerite, explosive targets used on gun ranges.  But given the widespread reports, probably not.

A year ago a big boom in South Congaree was chalked up to a shallow earthquake.

USC seismologists say they have no record of any activity in the area, making the series of sounds far more mysterious.

We did get some emails about a metal recycler in the area, but that was ruled out as well.

So for now, the mystery of the Red Bank booms remains unsolved.

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