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Loud boom heard in communities across Tri-State

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 at 7:37 PM CDT
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An odd, and still somewhat mysterious anomaly, is being blamed for a mining company blast heard for miles and miles.

Around 10 a.m., Wednesday morning, people in Ohio County began talking on our Facebook page about hearing a loud explosion. One person said it reminded them of an earthquake.

Dispatch told us that an incident at the Armstrong coal mine may be responsible.

The director of the Armstrong coal mine told us they set off a "cool air blast."

The company responsible for the blast told us instead of energy going up into the atmosphere (which happens normally), it hit some crack, and created a surge which rocked the area around the mine.

"Well, I was outside working in the yard and I heard this big blast, like BOOM! I mean it sounded louder than a shotgun. I didn't know if it was some kind of explosion," Jamie Morris said.

Officials say that no one was injured in the blast and there was also no damage to the mine, just a lot of confused Ohio County residents.

Much more on this incident coming up on our 14 Newscasts.

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