New Bedford and Dartmouth residents were spooked out of bed in the early hours of Monday morning.

At 5:41 a.m. on Feb. 27, a loud sound that imitated a "machine gun" was heard around the SouthCoast from New Bedford to Padanaram. The noise lasted 14 seconds and the blasts were in rapid succession.

Video from an outdoor security camera at a home in the West End of New Bedford apparently shows that fireworks were the cause.

Melissa Heroux called into Michael and Maddie to share her story Monday morning.

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"I was one of those who jumped out of bed scared. My dog went crazy didn't know what was going on," Heroux said. "I thought were under attack or something. It was scary. I left the house around 6 a.m. to bring my husband to work and I was driving around the Robeson and Shawmut Avenue area when I saw the box of empty fireworks on fire."

Courtesy Melissa Heroux
Courtesy Melissa Heroux

While the mystery of the loud sounds is confirmed, there are other questions: Who set them off and why?

"I called the New Bedford Fire Department and they told me that they were aware of the situation and the dispatcher confirmed that it was a group of teenagers," Heroux said.

Any information on who might have set off the fireworks should be reported to the New Bedford Police Department.

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