Did You Feel It? Ground Shaking, Loud Sound Reported Across The Area

October 3, 2020

The sounds of an explosion or rattling and shaking were heard or felt across part of Escambia County Saturday afternoon, and so far no one seems to know why.

Beginning about 2 p.m., NorthEscambia.com was flooded with over 600  messages and comments from people reporting the incident, and Escambia County 911 also received numerous calls.

A majority of the comments were concentrated from Molino to the north to Beulah in the south, but other reports were received from across Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties.

Escambia Fire Rescue checked the area out and found nothing. And the U.S. Geological Survey did not report a earthquake.

Click here to see a Facebook post with hundreds of reader reports.


26 Responses to “Did You Feel It? Ground Shaking, Loud Sound Reported Across The Area”

  1. Rasheed Jackson on October 6th, 2020 11:46 am

    Sorry bout that folks, Mrs. Jazreel slipped on a rug and fell. I told her not to put that rug down after she waxed that floor.

  2. Jr on October 5th, 2020 11:29 am

    I live off of 297A and both me and my wife felt it. I told her I hoped the paper mill didn’t explode again.

  3. rhonda on October 5th, 2020 11:17 am

    Yes, Kawartha Lakes up in Ontario Canada here had the same situation at 8:10 pm on the same day. Very LOUD BOOM that made our house shake and I thought our widows were going to blow out. There was a flash of light that happened just before the boom because this was caught on outside video. The flash occurred and then .05 seconds later the sound.
    Could be heard from up to 27 km away as reported in the area.

  4. Stacey on October 5th, 2020 8:19 am

    Interesting. We also experienced the exact same thing up in Ontario Canada, same day, but at 8:10pm.

  5. sam on October 5th, 2020 7:53 am

    felt nothing, must have been closer to eglin, if they say it wasn’t them, IT WAS.

  6. Mike on October 5th, 2020 7:49 am

    Cantonment, just North of the Paper Mill, West side of 29, around 2pm I was standing in my garage, and my roof shook, and I heard a low rumble.

    My neighbor walked outside and said she had been in her office, and watched her window shake while her dog went crazy.

    The house is near the fire department, but I didn’t hear any trucks take off.

  7. jim on October 4th, 2020 9:33 pm

    I heard it in Berrydale, 8 miles east of Jay, it seemed to come from above because i live in a creek bottom and most sounds go over my home. I believe it was a meteor that breached the atmosphere and exploded creating a sonic boom, since it was daylight , nobody saw the streak in the sky.

  8. WILLIAM GONZALEZ on October 4th, 2020 7:42 pm

    I will be 62 this year and I have never heard a sound like what i heard in 10/3/2020,
    it was unusual and pretty frightening, I got close to my car in case it turned out to be an earthquake or tsunami.

  9. M on October 4th, 2020 5:31 pm


  10. M on October 4th, 2020 5:26 pm

    Heard about 3 booms and the house rumbled about 2pm. Live off Barrineau ln

  11. TJ on October 4th, 2020 2:59 pm

    Possibly a weapons test on the Eglin range. The MOAB weapon and others are tested there.

  12. T Hewston on October 4th, 2020 2:43 pm

    On Oct 3rd around 2pm half of my house rattled and shook as if an earthquake was happening. It was very unsettling because it came out of no where. I hope to find out what was the cause. I live in Cantonment area.

  13. Lynda Anderson on October 4th, 2020 1:31 pm

    On Oct.3rd in the afternoon in between 2 and 3 my p.m. my son and I heard a loud boom it sounded like a large explosion. My ceiling fan started shaking. It was unsettling! My son, said,what was that? He went outside to see if a limb had fallen on my mobile home. Nothing. I told him I thought it was a earthquake but it did’nt last long. Nobody seems to know what it was. I live right off Viricent rd.in Cantonment.

  14. Tom on October 4th, 2020 12:21 pm

    Well I guess its time to start placing seismographs around the area to pinpoint where these frequent earthquakes/explosions keep happening. Regarding the earthquakes I suspect it’s the voids left from pumping water oil or gas out of the ground. Bottom line this does need further investigation, Starting with a pattern of seismographs being deployed so the offender or problem can be investigated. Its getting ridiculous

  15. Just4me on October 4th, 2020 10:01 am

    Were heard the rumble and rattle in south Chumuckla. First the rumble sounded like something very large being dropped, then just a couple of seconds later the front door and windows rattled.

  16. Shay on October 4th, 2020 9:24 am

    We heard and felt it here in Molino. It was unlike anything I’ve heard before and very loud. Whatever it was it was so powerful that it made a little insulation shake from the attic into the hallway. It was truly unsettling.

  17. Henry Coe on October 4th, 2020 12:18 am

    I thought it was a sonic boom. It didn’t sound like a sonic boom normally does but there were like zero clouds in the sky so I was thinking that maybe that allowed the sound to be unaltered or unbuffered?

  18. john on October 3rd, 2020 11:59 pm

    It was an alien, egg shaped space craft testing our atmosphere traveling at the speed of light, traveling to the planet of Ork, nanu nanu!!!

  19. Steve on October 3rd, 2020 9:56 pm

    Yeah I noticed it. It shook the windows and such. I wonder what calamity that was.

  20. Travis George on October 3rd, 2020 9:16 pm

    From what you guys are describing and some even mentioned it happened yesterday it very well could have been a jet breaking the sound barrier. We do have multiple bases around here that support aircraft with the capability

  21. Brian on October 3rd, 2020 8:45 pm

    It rattled our house in Cantonment for sure. It sounded like the gate of a dump truck slamming shut, but 10 times louder, and 10 feet away.

  22. S OConnor on October 3rd, 2020 8:08 pm

    Felt it at 10 Mile and 95A.

  23. Al on October 3rd, 2020 7:55 pm

    Heard it in Barrineau Park, a series of explosions and the house shook. Over pretty fast.

  24. Frances Billiot on October 3rd, 2020 7:02 pm

    I live in the Wild Oak Farm Apts, my sister wss visiting and all of a sudden we heard a boom and a shake. I said what was that, she said I dont know. To me what it felt like is when someone slams the front door really really hard.

  25. S Green on October 3rd, 2020 6:47 pm

    We felt this in Cantonment yesterday and today. Didn’t think anything of it until it happened today, though. Both happened around the same time if day.

  26. Molino Pilgrim hills resident on October 3rd, 2020 6:43 pm

    I was doing yard work and definitely felt this today so did my daughter who was swinging on her play set called my mother at 2:02 to see if she felt it at her home in McDavid Very unusual booms I’d say maybe three to four consecutive assumed it was a wreck or someone clearing land close by you can never tell anymore