Rome Firefighters from Engine 10 responded to Silver Creek early Saturday evening after several residents in the area reported hearing a loud boom that shook houses in the area, but officials found nothing upon their search of the area.
Several residents first reported to both Floyd County 911 and to RNW that a sound of an explosion was heard around 5:20 pm in the area of Bethel Church Road, Old Rockmart Road, and Brice Station Road. The explosion was described as a very deep sounding boom. After the calls to 911, Fire Engine 10 was dispatched to the areato check. As they were still en route to the area, RNW Staff in the area reported hearing an additional boom, that this time was enough to shake houses in the area. The second boom was followed by about 5 gunshots.
Firefighters rode the area checking for around 15 minutes and talked to several residents who reported hearing nothing. While firefighters did find a light haze in the 1100 block of Bethel Church Road, they found it was coming from a fire yesterday and was unrelated to today’s call.
Witnesses of the noises speculate that it may have been caused by aircraft in the area that created a sonic boom upon breaking the sound barrier.