PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – A minor earthquake shook the Portsmouth area Tuesday, rattling residents, knocking things off shelves and damaging at least one home. No injuries were reported.

Residents began flooding police and media outlets with calls late in the morning.

“Some of the residents reported a very loud explosion and others reported house shaking,” said police Capt. David Ferland.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the area was hit by a 2.4 magnitude earthquake at 11:41 a.m. A quake of magnitude 2.5 to 3 is the smallest generally felt by people.

An employee at the Shaw’s Supermarket on Lafayette Road said the noise sounded like a bomb, followed by rumbling and shaking.

Several people in Portsmouth District Court were startled when the courthouse shuddered following a noise that sounded like a large door being slammed.

A ceiling was cracked in one home, police said.

AP-ES-11-20-07 1442EST

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