NEWPORT, R.I. — Loud booms heard around Narragansett Bay were the result of a bomb squad disposing of old ordnance around Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.

The Newport Daily News reports ( ) that booms could be heard Thursday all the way across the bay in Newport.

Police dispatchers in North Kingstown and Jamestown told the newspaper that the state bomb squad was getting rid of old ordnance. Jamestown Police dispatcher Conrad Fuesz says the sound travels depending on the wind.

He says the detonations usually happen three or four times a year and last a few hours.