AUSTIN (KXAN) — The loud boom people heard throughout Central Texas late Wednesday evening came from Fort Hood, according to KCEN, the NBC station in Temple.
The sound was heard around 10:30 p.m. all the way from Temple to Georgetown, which is 40 miles south of Fort Hood. At the time, Temple police said they couldn’t pinpoint where exactly the boom came from but did say they were told by officials at Fort Hood and Space X that there would be training exercises this week.
KCEN reports the 1st Battallion 82nd Field Artillery Regiment was shooting artillery as part of a week-long training. A Fort Hood spokesperson said there was also an explosive ordinance detachment firing demo ammunition Wednesday night. The spokesperson tells KCEN winds moving north and low barometric pressure likely amplified how far people could hear the booms.
In 2013, two over-pressurized nitrogen tanks were ruptured at the SpaceX site. Nobody was injured then, but the situation was similar.