(Black Press file photo)

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UPDATE: Ponoka RCMP investigating source of loud ‘boom’

A loud ‘boom’ was felt and heard in the area Friday

The Ponoka RCMP are investigating the source of what people described as a loud boom and shock wave on Dec. 3, 2021, around 4:30 p.m.

“We think we’ve narrowed it down to exactly what is was,” said Staff. Sgt. Chris Smiley.

Smiley said the RCMP are in the process of determining if charges will be laid.

Ponoka County Regional Fire Services confirmed a loud noise was heard and felt for a wide area in and around Ponoka around 4:30 p.m., although initial searches did not locate the source.

According to protective services coordinator Donna Noble, the ‘boom’ or loud bang was felt at the county office. The fire department members were getting ready to go investigate when they started to get calls about it around 4:50 p.m.

Residents reported hearing the loud booming sound and described a shaking or aftershock, from as far south of Ponoka as Morningside and north of the Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Morning Meadows, and in town in Riverside and near Northcott Care Centre.

Noble said although crews investigated, driving around and checking compressor sites in the area, nothing was found to substantiate the reports or to determine the source of the noise.

According to Smiley, there is no ongoing threat to public safety from this incident. Further information will be released if and when charges are laid.

Ponoka County Fire Department