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Carolina Beach Authorities Investigate Reports Of Loud Booms

Posted December 21, 2005

— Carolina Beach authorities were investigating reports of three loud booms in the area Tuesday.

Valita Quattlebaum, a public information officer for Carolina Beach, said that about 4:20 p.m., she heard a loud boom and felt the building she was in shake.

Numerous other residents and professionals in the area also called police reporting the same.

Quattlebaum said that Tuesday afternoon she was unaware of what may have caused the booms, but officials were looking at causes ranging from a plane flying too low to the ground to an earthquake.

"We are making phone calls to the local weather stations and to the National Weather Service, but we don't have any confirmations," Quattlebaum said.

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Center said it had not record of an earthquake along the North Carolina coast and local police that there were no scheduled activities in the area that would have cause the booms or buildings to shake.

Officials said no reports had been received of injuries or structural damage.

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