For the third time in eight months, residents reported booming noises and rattlings in the southern New Jersey area Tuesday afternoon.

The first reports came in after 3 p.m. and included windows rattling or loud booming noises.

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The National Earthquake Information Center, in Calif., received calls, but reported no seismic activity.

Geophysicist John Bellini said that there are many possibilities including off-shore weather or military testing.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service said it is possible, if there is an off-shore thunderstorm, that thunder could be felt and heard further inland. But there were no storms recorded off-shore Tuesday, NWS said.

Bellini added that reports of the same issues came from Delaware and Virginia on Tuesday.

-Anjalee Khemlani

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