Loud booms rattle Davidson County residents Friday morning

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Davidson County residents -- did you hear that sound Friday morning?

Several residents contacted FOX8 about a loud sound they heard around 8:40 a.m.

Well, FOX8 investigated and found out that there was an "implosion" at the old, non-operating, coal-fired Buck Steam Plant (see implosion in video player above).

There is a new steam plant (natural gas) facility in operation at the site, Randy Wheless at Duke Energy said.

Wheless said he does not know of any additional implosions scheduled.

One FOX8 viewer said she "heard a huge boom that sounded like a bomb went off and rattled my home near the railroad tracks in Linwood.  It was so loud that I thought we were in a war."

The Buck Steam Station began operating in 1926 and was the company’s first modern pulverized coal plant, according to Duke Energy. The coal plant was retired in 2013, but the Buck site continues to serve Duke Energy customers through a 620-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant, which came online in 2011. The gas plant more efficiently generates electricity while significantly reducing air emissions compared to burning coal.

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