TAMPA (FOX 13) - Several law enforcement agencies and fire officials across the Bay Area suggested - but could not confirm - that the loud noise heard around 1:55 p.m. was the result of some sort of military training.
Reports of loud booms flooded the FOX 13 newsroom Saturday afternoon.
Residents from the coast of Pasco County to Lakeland reported a terrifying noise similar to an explosion.
However, with such a widespread reporting of the noise, reports of smoke or fire would typically follow if an explosion had occurred on the ground.
There are inert bombing ranges in Avon Park and Ocala National Forest. FOX 13 has contacted both locations for comment.
We are aware of the loud boom heard across Polk and parts of Hillsborough County but do not know what caused it. We will share any additional info we receive— LakelandPD (@LakelandPD) December 9, 2017