Large Explosion Heard, Felt in Lakeland, Florida East to Winter Haven, Florida, West to Tampa

A large explosion was heard and felt near Lakeland and Winter Haven, Florida — located between Orlando and Tampa about 2:00 p.m. ET. Early speculation is the sound was caused by a sonic boom, as jet aircraft sound was also heard in the vicinity. Nothing is confirmed at this time. Later, a report was posted of an explosive sound heard near North Tampa.

Nothing mentioned on Polk County Twitter account as of 2:20 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Tampa Bay Times is reporting that two F-15 fighters were given permission by NORAD to fly at supersonic speed — in excess of 760 mph — over the Gulf of Mexico, according to Canadian Air Force Lt. Marco Chouinard, a NORAD spokesman. The report also mentioned that the jets were not responding to a specific incident. This is not a confirmed connection to the noise, however.

A meteor entering the atmosphere at supersonic speed is also a speculation regarding a possible cause of the boom.

UPDATE 2 (December 11, 2017):

Air Force 1 with President Donald Trump was scheduled to depart Jackson, Mississippi about 11:45 a.m. ET and arrive in West Palm Beach, Florida about 2:45 p.m., leading to speculation that a fighter jet may have been flying supersonic in the area.

Several unexplained booms have been reported around the world this past year. Recently a loud boom was reported near Birmingham, Alabama on November 14, 2017; and on October 29, 2017 a loud boom was heard in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Alabama boom was even recorded by the US Geological Survey Lakeview Retreat near Centreville, Alabama on November 15, 2017 about 1:39 p.m. CST.

See Arlington Cardinal Remember that Loud Boom on October 30 Near Chicago? There Have Been Many Reports Worldwide this Year, Including Alabama

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