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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - It went down with a boom! The Weatherford Street bridge in Fort Worth was blown up Monday night as part of a project to fix roads in the area. But people both near and far were rattled by the late-night demolition.

The old bridge was blown to pieces at 10:21 p.m. Monday night. Although the explosion happened just east of downtown Fort Worth, it was heard by people as far away as Dallas. Several people across DFW thought that the boom was an earthquake, saying that they did not just hear the loud noise, they felt it shake their homes. North Texans shared their experiences on Facebook.

“I’m in south Irving,” said Alex Guzman. “Felt it here.”

“I live off 30 and Hulen and felt it,” said Carol Lopez. “Shook the house just enough to notice!”

“I thought someone ran into the back of my house,” said Shellie Guedry of Arlington. “It was loud and the whole house shook, scared my dog.”

Jean Leonard of Hurst said that she and her neighbors ran outside to see what happened. “We all thought it was an earthquake!”

The U.S. Geological Survey said that there was no earthquake in North Texas as a result of the bridge explosion. But there may be a few reasons that the sound traveled eastward, according to CBS 11 News meteorologist Jeff Ray. First, the sound waves could have reacted to the tall buildings of Fort Worth’s downtown area, with the waves essentially pushed toward Dallas. There was also dry air in Dallas at the time of the explosion. Sound waves travel more easily through this dry air, which would have helped amplify the sound in areas to the east. Also, there was cloud cover in Dallas, which sound waves could have hit before being bounced back down to the surface.

Whatever the reason, the explosion is over and crews are now cleaning up the scene. A new Weatherford Street bridge is going to be built to replace the one that is now gone. Construction in the area is expected to be completed by the fall.

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