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Explosives detonation cause of boom felt in downtown, Leland

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This time, there appears to be an explanation for a boom that rattled downtown Wilmington and Leland this morning.

No, it was not the mysterious Seneca guns phenomenon that often causes unexplained shaking around the region.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says it was from explosives being set off at the NHSO firing range on US 421 near the Battleship NC. Brewer says it was part of a joint training exercise with the county and the city.

The two explosions around 11 a.m. shook the building at WWAY on N. Front Street downtown. A caller told us it shook the PPD building a couple blocks away and set off car alarms in the company's parking lot. Viewers also reported feeling the concussion in Leland.

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