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.
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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.