SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) - While many in Mobile had front row seats to see the barge explosion on the Mobile River, several folks in Baldwin County said they heard the blasts and felt the tremors as well.
Spanish Fort Estates resident David McGreal was lying in bed Wednesday night watching television when he shot up. Tremors from the barge explosion rattled his home.
"All of a sudden we heard a loud ‘Boom!' and the windows upstairs actually shook pretty violently," McGreal said.
McGreal went out in the dark to check on his house. Thankfully, nothing was damaged.
"Then about 20 minutes later we heard another explosion," McGreal said. "That was very scary, because we were like, 'What is going on?'"
He said he wasn't the only one who heard the explosions.
"My brother-in-law actually called me from down in Fairhope, and he asked me if we felt the explosion, heard the boom, because he felt it down there and he lives almost in Barnwell. So I was really surprised at that, and then I heard on the news they felt it in Orange Beach and everywhere else."
Just down the street, Melissa Smith experienced much of the same.
"All of a sudden the back room shook, the windows began to rock and roll a little bit, and we just wondered what it was," Smith said. "At first we got up and looked around. The dog started barking, and we thought maybe a sonic boom. Sometimes you'll get that back when the space shuttle came over. We thought, 'Well, maybe something was flying past and rattled.'"
Being miles from the flames with so much uncertainty at the time, the mind wanders, with concern and panic taking over.
"Well, we didn't know at that time if there was a terrorist attack in Mobile," McGreal said. "It's always a possibility. It's always scary to think that, but at that time we really didn't know."
"I had never really been afraid of that before, but it did put that thought in my head," Smith agreed. "What if it had been full of gas when it exploded? After seeing the fertilizer explosion last week it caused a little more concern for me."
None of the Baldwin County residents FOX10 News spoke with claimed to have any damage from the explosions.
An arrest has been made in the robbery to the Country Breeze convenience store on Old Pascagoula Road in Grand Bay.
The Fairhope Police Department recently arrested three young men in connection with multiple cases of burglaries in town.
Three people are dead after a shooting near the University of South Alabama Tuesday, December 10. Mobile Police said China Barber, Augustus Bennett, and Robert Sprinkle were the victims of what police call a murder-suicide.
Mobile police have released the names of three shooting victims. Police say the shooting was the result of domestic violence.
Bay Area Food Bank, Christian Food Pantry, and American Flooring and Cabinets join together to feed families in need this Christmas season.
Clear skies and a secondary push of chilly air arrive tonight as a stronger area of high pressure moves in from the central plains.