On Your Side: Neighborhood Rocked

By: Ryan Duffy
By: Ryan Duffy

A South Augusta woman says it felt like her house was under attack.

She heard explosions and felt the ground shake.

Now that the commotion has died down, she wants to know what happened.

12 On Your Side investigates why there's a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.

Cynthia Atkins says a series of what sounded like explosions shook her entire house.

She lives on Clark Road off of Mike Padgett Highway near Hephzibah.

She and her neighbors felt it, but she wants to know what caused it.

"This picture is not straight like we had it, this is the clock it is tilted," Atkins says, pointing. "It actually shook the house and things rattled like it was an earthquake."

She says it sounded like five separate explosions going off last Monday.

And her neighbors up and down Clark Road in South Augusta had their own shaking experiences.

"Antique dipper, and fork, it fell off the wall, the little clock I had was cockeyed on the wall," says neighbor Bertha Spry.

She says the most likely culprit, Fort Gordon, told her it wasn’t them…so she called 12 On Your Side.

We checked with the nearby Richmond County sheriff’s bomb training facility.

The sheriff’s department was doing tests here last week, but not with the firepower that would reach all the way to Clark Road.

To demonstrate that fact, bomb technician Raymond Jones used twice the explosives they were using on the range last week and let us hear the blast for ourselves.

It was nothing loud enough to shake a house.

“On a clear day not loud at all, overcast its pretty loud, but normally we cancel on those days,” Jones explains.

So where did the blasts come from? Cynthia wants to find out before things start shaking again.

"This was an unusual blast, never felt anything like it," she says.

To do blasting, a company has to first have a permit from the state and then have a permit with the city where the blasting is happening.

Augusta doesn’t have any record of a permit for last week.

And Augusta Emergency Management should have also been notified, but they told News 12 they weren’t.

But Tuesday afternoon the fire department told News 12 they found out that Fort Gordon was in fact testing artillery last Monday.

If you have a problem and need 12 On Your Side, you can always call us at 278-1212 or email us at onyourside@wrdw.com.

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