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Oconee Residents Report Mysterious Loud Noise in Salem Road Area

Fire Rescue and Sheriff's deputies responded to the area late Sunday, but no emergency was detected.

The source of loud noise reported Sunday night in Farmington remains a mystery.

According to Chief Deputy Lee Weems of the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, around 9 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, dispatchers received several calls from residents concerned that there was some kind of emergency in the area of Salem and Old Salem roads because a loud noise was heard.

Did you hear a loud noise Sunday? Share what you experienced in the comments below.

Deputies and fire rescue personnel responded, interviewed the callers and knocked on doors of residents in the area but no emergency was found, Weems said.  A deputy remained the area for several hours afterward, but the source of the sound was not determined, he said Tuesday.

Concerned residents posted inquiries on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page and recounted their experiences.

One woman wrote, "I live on Salem road and could hear the loudest explosion! 10 x louder than a transformer! My son in law was out side at his house and he said he could feel pressure on his chest when the explosion went off.. From what he could tell it sounded like it came from the area of Salem and old Salem. He is also is on the volunteer fire dept and was dispatched out. No fire, and they could not come up with anything..."

Speculation arose that the noise resulted from a blown transformer, an earthquake, or a fireball in the sky, but the cause was never determined by authorities.

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Racer X November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Maybe somebody's Meth-lab blew up?
Racer X November 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Maybe the some deputies should take a helicopter ride and look for a trailer with a big hole in the roof.
Melissa Steele November 14, 2012 at 01:26 PM
We heard it, too! We are on Elder Mill Road. Even with the television on and the kitchen noises. It sent me out to the porch to listen and I heard something that sounded like a roaring fire, but could see nothing. It was pitch dark out so you'd think I would have seen some sort of flame, but I didn't. However, from our vantage point it sounded more like Antioch Church Road area. I think a helicopter ride is in order as well.
PapaT November 18, 2012 at 03:50 PM
We live on Colham Ferry @ Antioch Church and thought there had been a bad wreck. Everyone in the house heard the boom. We looked outside and there was nothing going on. To me it sounded like a clap of thunder.

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