Mystery solved: Booms rattle homes in Central Florida due to Naval bomb training

911 callers report mystery noises to Seminole County Fire Department

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SANFORD, Fla. – Houses shook in Seminole County on Thursday after “booms” were reported in the area and at the same time smoke was seen rising around the area, however, it turns out the smoke and sound were not related and simply bad timing, according to Seminole County Fire officials.

The window rattling noise was caused by training happening at the Pinecastle Range Complex, a Navy training facility in the Ocala National Forest.

According to the facilities schedule, bombing was set to take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24 between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

“During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife,” according to the Naval Air Station Jacksonville which manages the site. “Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures.”

Seminole County Fire said it received several 911 calls from residents reporting “booms” in the Sanford area.

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Meanwhile the smoke in the area was not related to the booms but is from a controlled burn in Sanford, according to Seminole County Fire.

Radar detected smoke from the Astor Farms area blowing over Lake Monroe .

Radar imaging shows smoke near Astor Farms/Lake Monroe with smoke blowing over Lake Monroe after loud booms were reported Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (WKMG 2020)

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