PEQUEA, Pa. (AP) – A Lancaster County police chief says exploding gun targets are the likely source of blasts that have been rattling residents since the start of the year.

Southern Regional Police Chief John Fiorill tells Wednesday’s LNP they’ve zeroed in on the increasingly popular Tannerite as the culprit.

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Fiorill says the devices sound like bombs when they go off but are otherwise harmless.

Martic Township residents say the blasts have shaken their homes and scared their children and pets. They say they’ve heard them as early as 4 a.m.

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More than a hundred people have posted comments about the blasts on the police department’s Facebook page.

Each new explosion prompted calls to 911 from people concerned they were coming from an earthquake, a natural gas explosion or other source.

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