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Authorities still investigating North Buffalo's overnight "Big Bang"

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Posted at 5:38 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:38:22-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Were you jolted awake by loud booms in North Buffalo last night around 2:30 a.m.? If so, you're not the only one. The Buffalo Police Department alone received over a dozen 911 calls.

"We received approximately 15 to 20 911 calls on it," Captain Jeff Rinaldo said. "It did stretch throughout a couple different police districts."

Theories whirled on social media all morning: an aircraft breaking the sound barrier, professional grade fireworks, and aftershocks from the small earthquake in Hamburg earlier this week are all still on the table.

"There was no evidence of shots fired recovered by any officers. And additionally, we didn't notice or experience any causes of power outages or fires."

According to research from the World Conference of Earthquake Engineering, aftershocks that far away in such short succession would have required a much greater magnitude in Hamburg.