BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- Hundreds of people across the state are saying they heard a loud boom this afternoon, one reportedly powerful enough to shake walls, windows and entire homes.
The reports are coming in from multiple counties, including Bibb, Coosa, Chilton, Limestone, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Shelby.
The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office says they have received hundreds of calls reporting the boom. Chief Deputy Shane Mayfield told Fox 6 there are no reports of any explosions on the ground.
“Our best guess is it’s a sonic boom of some type,” Mayfield said.
The U.S. Geological Survey has no reports of an earthquake in the state.
Fox 6 meteorologist J-P Dice says the loud sound was likely a sonic boom in the Birmingham Military Operating Area.
People on our MyFoxAl Facebook page are chiming in as well, commenting on where they were when they heard the loud boom.
~ I first started hearing these reports 2 hrs. ago from James Spann on Twitter. And James FB Being we have so much fracking here in Jasper, I wouldn’t know. Also the reports are from counties that a bit away in counties Southeast of us. We are in Walker county but I think those that felt this are in SE Walker County. There is a lot of speculation and I will put updates in comments and follow my retweets.
This JUST in: @scootweather
@spann The X2 flare is creating havoc with HAM channels and public safety channels
Breaking Space Weather: Strong Solar Eruption; Earth-Directed Coronal Mass Ejection Likely swpc.noaa.gov
Images of the X5-class solar flare as it erupted from sunspot 1429.
BUT James does not think it’s meteors etc.:
Major solar flare within the past couple of hours, but NOT related to the Alabama booms… spaceweather.com
I am going to check my email and will post anything new in comments…Pray there are no injuries