Mystery as houses and windows shake and huge ‘sonic boom’ noise heard for miles


Hundreds of people in South West England have reported a huge ‘sonic boom’ bang this afternoon.

The cause has yet to be determined, with people in Devon and Somerset reporting their homes shaking.

Hundreds of people flooded social media to report what sounded like an explosion.

One tweeted: “Anyone else hear that sonic boom then? The windows of the house shook.”

Another wrote: “Out for a walk stood on top of a hill in Somerset, huge sonic boom, no sign or noise of a jet. RAF?”

It remains a mystery, with one woman replying: “Heard it here in Portland, Dorset. Yeah, I reckon sonic boom, but no one seems to know.”

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View over Bournemouth beach, pier, city and Dorset coastline on a sunny day.
The blast was heard across large parts of the South West of England

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman told The Mirror that the bang is not believed to be linked to any RAF activity.

It was reported at around 3pm.

One person in Somerset posted: “Shook all the widows and doors in our house (Somerset).

“Guessing sonic boom but not heard one like that before despite having lived under Concords flight path in the past.”

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