Loud boom heard in the Lowcountry caught on camera, cause still unclear

Published: Jun. 5, 2015 at 5:00 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2015 at 8:01 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A loud boom which residents heard across the Charleston area was caught on camera during a press conference in downtown Charleston Friday afternoon.

Members of the NAACP were talking at 75 Calhoun Street when a short, loud boom could be heard around 11:45 a.m; a jet was also seen and heard flying loudly over the area. Residents throughout the Lowcountry reported hearing a similar boom at that time.

Joint Base Charleston officials say jets were conducting training in the area around noon, but said they could not link the boom residents heard to the training.

Charleston Consolidated Dispatchers confirm receiving calls and say they are responding in Mount Pleasant to investigate.

Mount Pleasant Police Investigator Chip Googe confirmed the boom was not connected to old military ordnance found Friday on Mary Street. The ordnance poses no danger to the public, Googe said.

So far, however, there has been no explanation about the cause of the sound.

Residents in Mount Pleasant, James Island, North Charleston, Summerville, Daniel Island, Sullivan's Island and West Ashley have reported hearing it on the Live 5 News Facebook page. Some have described it as the sound of an explosion and say it shook their home, while others say it sounded more like a loud plane flying overhead without an actual "boom."

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