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Loud booms heard outside Benton apparently said to be Tannerite explosions

Three loud booms that caused a slight panic in portions of Saline County late Tuesday evening are said to be the result of Tannerite exploding, according to sources. (Photo: KATV)

Three loud booms caused a slight panic in portions of Saline County late Tuesday evening. Countless calls were made to 911 and even KATV, from people looking to figure out the reason behind the noise and vibrations.

Authorities were dispatched to the area of Peeler Bend Road where the majority of the 911 calls came from on Tuesday. Callers claimed they heard three explosions - the last one large enough to shake their homes.

"I didn't know what was going on," said Tammy Young, claiming she and her husband heard and felt the booms at their home near Paron. "I thought maybe someone done set off a bomb out here or something."

Lt. Jeffrey Silk, public information officer for the Saline County Sheriff's Office said deputies were unable to pinpoint where the noise came from or what it came from.

A man who refused to go on camera, told KATV that he was at the scene of the booms. The man showed, but refused to share a video with KATV of the explosion that he said was from his friends shooting at Tannerite, a patented exploding target used for firearms practice. According to the man, his friends first shot at 20 pounds of Tannerite, then 40 pounds - eventually shooting at 65 pounds of the explosive. The explosions all occurred between the hours of 6:30-7:30 PM, he claimed.

While Tannerite is completely legal to possess and shoot, Silk was sure to also explain how dangerous it can be if not used properly and in the amounts reportedly used on Tuesday night.

Silk also said although it might be legal, SCSO took a report of a homeowner on Demuth Lane who claims to have sustained damage from the explosions that shook their house. According to Silk, that damage if indeed caused by someone setting off explosives could be deemed criminal mischief.


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