Calumet County house explosion felt and heard miles away

Published: Oct. 10, 2018 at 5:15 PM CDT
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A house explosion on the north end of Lake Winnebago Wednesday morning was heard and felt through the Fox Valley.

To give you an idea of just how powerful the blast was, not only could the explosion be heard inside Woodward Radio Group's building along College Avenue in Appleton, it was heard over the air.

WHBY morning show host Dave Edwards won't forget Wednesday's radio show anytime soon.

"Carol, our news anchor, was in the midst of a news story, and when it hit it startled both us of, and she kept going, which was great, but I thought was it thunder, and I'm thinking wait a minute, the rain is nowhere near here yet, it shouldn't have been that, and I was immediately thinking was it a vehicle that banged into a light pole," Edwards recalled.


It took just a matter of seconds for listeners to call in.

"And sure enough we started getting calls immediately after that saying, 'Did we just have an earthquake?' We had people in Kaukauna saying, 'What was that blast?' And sure enough that's what it was, and we're six-and-a-half miles away and we could hear it and feel it in our studio."

After reviewing a clip from his morning show, Edwards discovered the blast was even heard over the air.

Edwards played it back for us. "Where she says 'on her phone', that area right there.... 'phone' -- boom! Hear it? '...Phone' -- boom."