Mysterious booming damaging SWFL man's home

Posted at 10:33 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 07:45:11-05

A man living in Saint James City on Pine Island is wondering what's causing his house to violently shake.

Dwayne Dyer is one of many to contact Fox 4 regarding a booming explosion sound and shaking in Southwest Florida.

Sonic booms have been felt frequently in the area for the last few weeks, but Dyer said Monday, the shaking to his home was worse than ever.  "Every time it happens, it's been the exact same time. I've been keeping track of it," Dyer said.

He said it's around 10:55 AM.

Dyer's house sits up on stilts, and he said it's been shaking like an earthquake.  "You can feel it more or less start downstairs and work it's way up. It was pretty violent this time. It really shook the house," he said.

He's lived in his home for 12 years and went through Hurricane Charley, but said the shaking he experienced Monday was even worse.

Dyer said he's heard about the sonic booms caused by naval training in the last couple weeks, but said what he felt this morning was different.  "I really don't think it's a sonic boom. I think it's something else. I don't know what it is, I think it's more in the ground," he said.

He used to be a commercial pilot and said he's never heard a sonic boom like this one.  

Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg reached out to a Navy spokesperson to see what could be going on and was told there weren't any jets operating in the area.

The twisting and shaking has been causing damage to Dyer's home.  "The tiles throughout the house are actually starting to pop loose. Every time this happens, it seems like one or two more tiles are getting loose," he said.

The tile is also cracked in places.

Dyer said as much as he'd like a fix for his floor, he's searching more for answers.  "What's causing this is what I want to know, he said.

Fox 4 reached out to the MacDill Air Force base in Tampa to see if the booms are coming from there, but we haven't heard back yet.

The Lee County spokesperson said she's not aware of anything going on locally that could be causing the shaking.