People are a bit nervous about mystery booms.
Kanawha emergency dispatchers were fielding dozens of Tuesday after a loud boom rocked several homes in Charleston and eastern Kanawha County.
Dispatchers began receiving calls a little before 5:30 p.m. from concerned residents wondering about the sound.
People in the Ariel Heights and Falling Run Road areas, both near Oakridge Drive, told dispatchers they heard a loud booming noise and felt their homes shake. Dispatchers said those callers reported their power still was on and they had not seen any smoke.
I checked the earthquake listing and there were NONE recorded on the east coast in the past 7 days. The weather was not conducive to thunder. These things happen and often go unexplained because there is not enough information to go on. Other options are sonic boom from space debris or military aircraft, mine blasting (West Virginia does have underground coal mining), a very shallow earthquake that wasn’t recorded or something else that is unexpected. But just because it’s unexplained does not mean it’s anything to worry about. However, these things do tend to shake people up, especially since they are sensitized to the idea of a meteor blast considering news over the past few weeks.
UPDATE: It was a mine blast. See comments below. Thanks!