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Shuttle Re-Entry May Have Set Off Sonic Boom

Posted September 26, 1996

— Some folks in western North Carolina heard a couple of loud explosions this morning. They can blame it on the Space Shuttle ``Atlantis.''

NASA spokesman Bruce Buckingham says the shuttle's approach for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center carried it over western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Buckingham says the ``booms'' that people heard were likely caused by the spacecraft.

People didn't know that at eight a-m. Nervous residents from Fairview to Riceville in Buncombe County, the city of Asheville and other locations flooded 9-1-1 emergency phone centers to report what they heard. Copyright ©1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

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