Residents along Wake-Johnston border complain of quaking boom noises


CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Mysterious booms continue to plague central North Carolina residents.

CBS 17 reported in February that loud booming noises were heard along the line between Wake and Franklin counties. Now residents around the border between Wake and Johnston counties are complaining of similar problems. 

“It felt like a car had ran into my house and it shook kind of like a small earthquake,” Clayton resident Kimberlynn Lawler said.

“It took your breath away,” added fellow Clayton resident Robert Lakin. He said that he was with his dog in the backyard when he heard it. 

“There was a huge concussion — enough where you felt it in your chest,” Lakin said.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Some said it was so loud and powerful that neighbors 25 miles away in Fuquay-Varina said they felt it too. 

“This was like ‘kaboom.’ I mean, it hit again,” Fuquay-Varina homeowner Bob Stewart said.

Stewart said he’s heard it before, but not for a couple of weeks. 

“We have a lot of gunshots fired back in the woods here, so we hear that all the time. But, when the boom hits, you’re just like, ‘What in the world was that,” Stewart said.

“They just kind of come out of nowhere, and it’s usually been in the afternoons,” Fuquay-Varina homeowner Kay Gallagher said.

Gallagher said the blasts are responsible for this broken mirror in her cabinet. They also brought down light fixtures in her walk-in closet. 

“All of the neighbors hear it. All of us have felt it but there’s no answer,” Gallagher said.

CBS 17 reached out to Fort Bragg. It said it’s not responsible for the blasts. Seymour Johnson Air Force Base also said in the past that it isn’t behind it, either.

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