Cause of Sunday’s Loud Boom Still Not Determined, Local Authorities Say

Authorities are still not sure what caused the loud boom Sunday that was heard in at least five counties.

Calls came in to the Franklin and Banks County 911 Sunday night, but as of Monday, authorities have not been able to locate the source of the noise.

Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed said Monday the boom was heard in Banks, Hall, Habersham, Jackson and Madison counties as well.

Franklin County Sheriff Steve Thomas tells WLHR News his office believes it was some kind of explosive device such as tannerite, or a loud sonic boom from super sonic jets, but said his office is still investigating.

The U.S. Geological Survey did not report any seismic activity Sunday in Northeast Georgia or the Upstate.

In late January, similar sonic-type booms were heard all along the eastern seaboard from Charleston, SC to Hammonton, New Jersey.

Four years ago, similar loud booms were heard in Southeast Georgia, but a cause was never determined.

Meantime, anyone who knows what the loud boom was is asked to contact the Banks County Sheriff’s office aat 706-677-2248 or the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at 706-394-2525.