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Authorities: no emergency after people report shakes, loud noise

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Posted: Jan 13, 2014 6:47 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Jan 13, 2014 6:47 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: boom, noise, mystery, emergency

LIVINGSTON- People have reported feeling- and hearing- a loud noise, almost explosion like, Monday afternoon from Livingston to St. Helena Parish authorities said. But, no emergency has been reported.

There were reports of shaking and a loud "boom" from I-12 in Livingston Parish to Highway 10 in St. Helena. Numerous emergency response agencies were working to locate a source, but have not been able to.

"We've contacted all of our oil and gas contacts, and none have reported an issue," Livingston's OEP director, Mark Harrell, told WBRZ News 2. Two hours after the initial reports, people were still reporting having felt the shaking and hearing the noise- some even called the television station.

Harrell said his office is standing down for the night since they have not been able to locate an emergency, an no one appears to be in danger.

At least one emergency official speculated if a sonic boom could be to blame.

Calls to numerous agencies- including the state agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines- had also not been alerted to an emergency situation.
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