Loud “explosion” rattled many throughout the County

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WCSO Emergency Management vehicle (August 8, 2016). Photo: Discover Ferndale

Around 7:50pm last night, a loud noise was reported to have been heard across Whatcom County from Lynden to Blaine, into Ferndale and parts of Bellingham. But after officials from multiple agencies investigated, there was no answer as to what caused it or even where it occurred.

The Bellingham Herald published a story about the reports earlier today and quoted Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Undersheriff Jeff Parks as saying in an email, “We are looking into it and tracking down leads as to the exact location(s) where they may have occurred.”

WCSO Division of Emergency Management Deputy Director John Gargett said in an email he had checked and the noise was not the result of anything at the refineries or involving the railroads or pipelines.

People from around Whatcom County took to social media soon after hearing the noise. “It shook my house,” “My pets are freaked out now,” and “What was that?!” were common comments.

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According to emergency radio traffic at the time, law enforcement and Whatcom County Fire District 1 units were dispatched to a location in the 7200 block of Everson-Goshen Road. But they reported finding an authorized outside fire and no indications of a reported explosion. They continued looking around the area but there were no reports of locating anything.