Why did Sumter hear Monday's bomb training at Shaw and not today's? Clouds.

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 1/24/18

Shaw Air Force Base is conducting explosive ordinance disposal training today, which the public may have heard or felt around 10:15 a.m., though its likely was not as strong as earlier in the …

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Why did Sumter hear Monday's bomb training at Shaw and not today's? Clouds.

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Shaw Air Force Base is conducting explosive ordinance disposal training today, which the public may have heard or felt around 10:15 a.m., though it likely was not as strong as earlier in the week.

Training also occurred at the Sumter base on Monday, causing people to ask what shook their house or what was the booming that sounded like a bomb going off.

“The sounds heard were part of a routine munition retrieval effort that happens twice a year – January and September,” said TSgt. Nathan Allen, of Shaw’s Public Affairs office. “The significant cloud cover [on Monday] likely created a ‘fluke’ situation that caused the explosions to be heard because normally they are not.”

Allen said the explosive ordinance disposal team detonated less than 50 pounds of explosives on Monday, “which is not a lot for them.”

 

He said this is the first time he has heard of the public hearing and feeling the training explosions since he’s been at Shaw.