UPDATE: Mysterious 'booms' in Columbia Co. could be from 'Earth Shaker' device

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By: Staff Email
Pam Tucker, director of Columbia County EMA, has been investigating the loud booms. (WRDW-TV)

Pam Tucker, director of Columbia County EMA, has been investigating the loud booms. (WRDW-TV)

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, says they have unraveled some clues to the recent mysterious booms in the area.

Reports have been coming in from residents throughout the week from different areas of the county. News 12's own Tim Strong reported another boom in Columbia County at 8:36 a.m. Friday.

A Richmond County investigator emailed Tucker and said they found a resident who had bought a Shockwave, also known as an "Earth Shaker," who was living in the area where many of the complaints were coming from. The investigator said the "Earth Shaker" is a mixture of gun powders in a cube form. You take the cube and shoot it with a rifle, which explodes the cube and creates a loud booming sound. To see an example of an "Earth Shaker" in action, click here.

Tucker says these devices are legal as long as the person uses them on their own property.

Tucker has been investigating the loud sound all week. She says construction work, quarry blasting, earthquakes and Air Force aerial drills have all been ruled out as causes.

News 12 will keep you updated on this story.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division, has confirmed with a seismologist that the source of the recently reported "booms" have not come from any earthquake activity.

Tucker said reports came in of the following activity:

  • Loud boom off Hereford Farm Road between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
  • Loud rumble, driveway and sidewalks had cracks at unknown address, 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Loud boom on Louisville Road, 5 a.m. on Wednesday

Terry Glasscock says the sounds woke him up.

"Well, this morning, it woke me up between 4 and 5 o'clock to a big blast like someone blasting dynamite," he said.

Tucker says the seismologist did not find any activity during these times.

"Something's happening over the last three days, and it's happened at different times and a lot of people are hearing it. What it is right now we just haven't been able to pin it down," Tucker said.

She says they have also checked with local quarries to see if there has been blasting at the times they've received reports, but there hasn't been.

If you hear loud booms in Columbia County on Thursday or Friday, it could be because of scheduled blasting in the area. Read more here.


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