UPDATE: Agencies check in as Charleston mystery boom deepens - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

UPDATE: Agencies check in as Charleston mystery boom deepens

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13 News has been working for you collecting reports from all across the region.  People as far west as Culloden to as far north of Sissonville to as far south as Logan County either felt or heard the loud boom this evening with the largest number of reports coming in from the Kanawha County area. 

13 News contacted the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, and we were told there was "no NORAD or man made activity in the area."  Public relations official John Cornelio says that means they have no military planes in the area that would have caused a sonic boom. 

13 News also spoke to the United State Strategic Command who said they had no explanation readily available.

The United States Geological Survey earthquake activity site shows no tectonic activity in the area.

Stormtracker 13 chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins checked the Stormtracker 13 HD Dual Live Doppler and he reported no storms or thunder in the areas where the boom was felt. 

"There were some thunderstorms over by Jackson, Kentucky but that's really too far for a rumble of thunder to travel and effect THAT many people," Adkins said.  "Think about what we call heat lightning.  There's no such thing in reality.  It's just lightning you can see but the sound waves dampen out so you never hear the thunder, so I don't think thunder is a viable explanation," he added.

13 News confirmed there were no thunderstorms in the immediate area with a call to the National Weather Service.  

Adkins also said he used a smoke detection method with the Stormtracker 13 HD Dual Live Doppler and found no smoke plumes within a close range of the Doppler radar meaning there was no large source of fire detectable at the time.  

Kanawha County Metro 911 officials say they checked with Yeager Airport who said they have no reports of military flight activities in the area. 

Don Hammond called Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton where fighter planes are based and they reported no flights over this portion of West Virginia by their aircraft.  

13 News is continuing to make calls and take your reports as we try to find the root cause of this strange occurrence.  

Click here to read why one man said he's confident he knows what happened.


13 News is following multiple reports that people heard some sort of boom in the Charleston area.

The calls started coming in at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kanawha County dispatchers say several people have called in saying they felt their buildings shake, including some people in the WOWK 13 Newsroom. These reports have come in from as far north as Sissonville, west to Teays Valley, south near Whitesville and east to Dupont. 

But so far, Metro 911 hasn't found a cause.

Keep it here to WOWKTV.com and to 13 News for the very latest on this developing story.

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