Mysterious booms: Why experts say beavers are partly to blame

Published: Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM EDT
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Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody
Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody

DOERUN, GA (WALB) - At Aden's Minit Mart there's been a lot of talk about a big boom in the little town of Doerun.

Marcy Knajdek and others were baffled over where the noise was coming from.

"We heard a boom and I thought it was a trailer tire blowing out," recalled Knajdek. "My aunt, who lives with us, she heard and said it shook the house."

WALB received numerous phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages reporting the sound of loud booms in parts of Colquitt County.

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Colquitt County EMA Director Russell Moody did some checking, and found the source of the boom.

They are called binary explosive targets.

"It's a mixture you mix together and shoot it with a rifle. It's designed to blow up beaver dams," said Moody.

So the blame falls on beavers, at least partly.

Due to the recent wet winter, the wood chewing rodents have built up dams in parts of Colquitt County.

One of the best ways to break them up, is to blow them up.

Is it legal? The answer is yes.

Some of the explosive rifle targets were found as close as Moultrie Shooter Supply. It's a hot item, and legal in the state of Georgia.

Mystery solved.

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