Several people called the 16 WAPT Newsroom Thursday after they heard loud booms in Rankin County. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said he heard two booms about 8 a.m. as he walked into the office. “It was loud enough that it made me turn my head,” Flynn said. “I thought it was coming from the (Mississippi) Fire Academy, but there was nothing going on there.”

A caller in Jackson said he heard the boom, which he thought was coming from Pearl, as far away as downtown Jackson. Another caller said the lights went out briefly between Pearl and Brandon after he heard the boom. Entergy spokeswoman Mara Hartmann said there was a 3-4 minute transmission-related outage Thursday morning near Old Fannin Road in Flowood that affected industrial customers, but no residential customers. She said that the cause is under investigation. READ MORE