Mystery solved: Loud boom ID’d

By Adam Armour/The Itawamba County Times

A mysterious “boom” that was both heard and felt in at least part of North- east Mississippi on Monday has been identified as the sonic boom of jet.

Lee County dispatchers received calls about a loud noise and vibrations on Monday afternoon, but there was no sign of any explosion, earthquake or anything else that could cause such a noise, said Lee County E911 Director Paul Harkins.

Lee County dispatchers received “no more than five or 10 calls,” he said, and Itawamba County dispatchers also received calls, he said. Several fire crews checked the area for signs of smoke or debris, but found nothing.

On Tuesday, Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said the sound had been identified as the sonic boom of a jet airplane in test flight. Such sounds can carry for miles.