Concerned citizens reported hearing a loud boom and feeling possible tremors to the Maysville Emergency 911 Dispatch Center Thursday night.

Maysville Police Chief Kent Butcher and Maysville-Mason County Emergency Management Director Jack Fultz said Thursday the reports of the unusually loud boom, which apparently caused buildings to shake and windows to rattle, started coming into the dispatch center around 9:25 p.m. Fultz said at one time, he was told about 50 calls came into the 911 center, most from Mason County, but some were from citizens in Brown County.

Fultz said he felt the repercussions of the boom at his home, located in western Mason County near Dover and he immediately checked the National Geological Earthquake Web site, but there were no reports of earthquake activity in the Ohio River Valley region.

During business hours Thursday, Fultz said he was told by Larry Dixon, area manager for Kentucky Emergency Management Morehead Office a similar incident occurred in Pendleton County earlier this week, but the boom and subsequent aftershock were attributed to activity at Black River Mine.

However, local emergency management personnel have rolled up communications to the Kentucky Emergency Management Operation Center in Frankfort, where officials from that office will check with local industries and other sources to see if blasting has occurred or what other activities may have caused the booms.

"I'm sure they are checking around with (local) people at this time," Fultz said. Fultz also said when he receives information on what occurred in the two areas, he would pass this along to the community.

Butcher said one caller reported a "loud sound in the sky" and a "ground shock" to 911 personnel.

Maysville-Mason County Emergency Management can be contacted at 606-564-2570.

Contact Marla Toncray at marla.toncray@lee.net or call 606-564-9091, ext. 275.

For more area news, visit www.maysville-online.com.

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