By Rick Ritter
Did you feel the earth move this weekend? If you're living in Collier County, the answer is probably yes.
NBC2 got loads of viewer comments from those who heard "sonic boom" like noises-and the Collier County Sheriff's Office was flooded with emergency calls on Sunday.
Shockwaves sent throughout Collier County.
"It was the equivalency of a sonic boom" said Kevin Hysler who heard/felt the sonic boom-like noise on Sunday morning.
Hysler had never heard anything like it.
"I was outback with my wife, sitting in the lanai and then all of a sudden, boom!" Hysler said.
These boom-like noises are the talk of the town-ones that just about everyone heard on Sunday.
"I kind of heard a slight rumble, then I heard a louder rumble and the windows started to shake" said Bill D'Antuono of Naples.
"It was like an explosion almost, off to the distance. I didn't know what it was" said Dylan Glass of North Naples.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office says they received dozens of phone calls around 11:00 a.m.-one after another.
"I live on 3rd Avenue Southwest and 15 minutes ago there was a huge explosion. It like shook our sliders and shook part of our house," said one caller.
"Two loud booms we heard coming southwest of Marco Island, is that sonic booms or is someone blasting?" said another.
Less than two weeks ago, the Naval Air Station in Key West had jets training over the gulf, something that most likely contributed to earth shaking noises then.
NBC2 reached out to representatives at the Air Station in Key West-they said they had no training on Sunday.
Many thought it could've been "blasting" from a nearby developer.
Minto Communities-a company developing the new Isles of Collier Preserve in East Naples has a permit-but officials there say they only blast during the week.
"I even heard two blasts living down on Marco Island on Sunday, and those have nothing to do with anything we're doing in Naples" said William Bullock, Vice President of Minto Communities.
With both jet training and blasting out of the question, Sunday's earth-rattling noise remains a mystery for now.
"It is what it is," Hysler said.
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