GAINESVILLE — If you heard a strange noise Sunday night, you’re not alone.
Residents across north Georgia are trying to figure out what happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“In regards to an earlier post about a loud explosion last night, we will continue to attempt to locate the source of the noise,” according to a post on the Banks County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “No injuries or damage have been reported.
“People in Hall, Habersham, Jackson and Madison [counties] also have reported hearing the noise. We will provide the public with an answer, if we get one.”
The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information to contact the department at (706) 677-2248.
Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said people had posted to the department’s social media accounts about the noise, but he didn’t receive any information.
“We have had several inquiries about the same, but received no calls into our 911 center,” Hall County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Bailes wrote in an email.
Mitchell Mintz said he was at a residence a few miles from Lula, in northeastern Hall County when he thought a thunderstorm passed through.
“I was sitting in the bedroom watching TV and we heard this loud, thunder-like noise,” he said.
“It was really loud and echoed for maybe like five seconds and then it stopped.”
Mintz checked for weather information, thinking it was a storm, saying the noise sounded like it was coming from the Gainesville area. He then posted it on Facebook to see if anyone else had heard it.
“I got like 40 comments with people saying about the same thing,” Mintz said.