(PASCAGOULA, MS.) Nov. 18 - What in the world was that sound? Hundreds, perhaps thousands of you heard a loud boom Tuesday night in Pascagoula, Ocean springs, Moss Point, even Grand Bay. Pascagoula dispatchers were insanely busy Tuesday night answering calls like this: I heard a loud explosion, said one caller. Heard a big loud bang, another caller said. More than 500 people called 9-1-1 in Jackson County wanting to know what exploded. To the point that it actually started overloading our phone system, said Capt. Shannon Broom. Carol Jones was one hundreds who called, unsure of what had happened. It was a blast, a boom! Like maybe a bomb was exploding, said Jones. She says it rattled her windows and caused her french doors to slam shut. They closed immediately from the impact and that what was really frightening. It was like, is there a ghost in here or what? said Jones. So what caused all the commotion? Officials say fighter jets practicing maneuvers over the Gulf of Mexico broke the sound barrier, creating a sonic boom. We found an example of a sonic boom on YouTube, but it doesn't quite measure up to what people panicked about last night. Perhaps in the future, they'll inform us prior to this event and we can all relax, said Jones. It would be nice to have a heads up, said Broom. Since the military has not confirmed which base caused the sound, it's doubtful a heads up will happen next time. We checked with nine different Air Force bases along the Gulf Coast. None of them claim responsibility for Tuesday night's sonic boom.
/ Source: WPMI-TV