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Chemung County officials investigating loud booms heard across area

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UPDATE 4/13/2018 11:30PM: According to New York State Police in Horseheads, Troopers and Chemung County Sheriff's Deputies received multiple reports of the booms.

Troopers say along with Sheriff's Deputies, they located individuals that were target shooting with Tannerite. Troopers and Deputies asked the responsible party to stop their use of Tannerite, and NYSP says there were no violations of the law.


CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of loud booms heard across the Horseheads and Big Flats area.

On his Facebook page, Sheriff Christopher Moss said the booms happened around 7:25 p.m. Friday night, he also said the booms are being investigated as Tannerite explosions.

Tannerite is legal to buy, but not always legal to use depending on the situation and the manner it was used. It is commonly sold at gun stores and sporting goods stores. It is intended to be used in small amounts in targets, but as WENY News has reported in the past, some individuals use very large amounts at once. As designed and advertised, the Tannerite mixture gives off a loud boom or report if it is shot with a high velocity bullet or round.

Multiple viewers called WENY News to report the noises. Some callers said the noise was strong enough to complete shake their entire house. Reportedly, three loud booms took place.

WENY News is following this story, and we will bring you any updates as they become available.

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