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Long Island Residents Call 911 to Report Mystery ‘Boom' Sounds

Dozens of residents on Long Island called 911 to report hearing mysterious loud booms Tuesday evening, Suffolk County police say.

Suffolk police said they received numerous calls from residents in Lindenhurst, Copiague, Babylon and West Islip just after 6 p.m. 

Police have no knowledge of explosions in the area but are investigating.

Resident Samantha Collins of Lindenhurst told NBC 4 New York she was sitting on the couch watching TV when "the whole house started shaking."

"We went outside, and all my neighbors were like, 'Did you hear that, did you hear that?'" she said.

Residents in the tri-state reported feeling similar booms in late January, when reports of rumbles and house-shaking flooded in from the southern Jersey Shore to Long Island and the Connecticut coast.

Naval officials said later they had been testing fighter jets over the Atlantic Ocean and that some of the maneuvers could have caused sonic booms.

Naval aircraft testing over the Atlantic Ocean created the sonic booms that caused rumbles and house-shaking that could be felt from the southern Jersey Shore to Long Island and the Connecticut coast and prompted thousands of tweets and 911 calls from residents thinking they were feeling the tremors of an earthquake. Checkey Beckford reports.

In Tuesday's case, military aircraft were back on base by around 5:40 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy. 

Peter Mangione, who was working at a Lindenhurst volunteer firehouse, said the boom Tuesday night sounded similar to the one a month ago.

"I just heard boom, like a loud boom, like a plane broke the sound barrier, and I got up and walked out and didn't hear any sirens," he said. 

"Whatever it was, it literally shook the town and it was the same thing we heard a month ago," said Lindenhurst resident Don Werle. 

About a week later, more sonic booms were felt along the Jersey coast and were again attributed to military flight testing and training. 

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Okay, so there was another LOUD BOOM sound in the Babylon area just 10 minutes ago. WTH, Last time it was the military...

Posted by Tai Vicari on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
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