Homes shake as ‘sonic boom’ is heard over Uttlesford

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 June 2019 | UPDATED: 20:28 22 June 2019

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 taking off from RAF Fairford. Picture: MoD/Crown copyright

A Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 taking off from RAF Fairford. Picture: MoD/Crown copyright

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A loud bang heard by hundreds of homeowners across Uttlesford was caused by a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier, it has been confirmed.

Essex Police said it had been inundated with 999 calls after houses were shaken and a loud blast was heard across the county, including in Uttlesford, at about 6.45pm.

It has since confirmed that the noise was a 'sonic boom' caused by Typhoon jets breaking the sound barrier.

It has been reported, although unconfirmed, that the jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, to escort a Jet2 flight into Stansted Airport, amid reports of a suspect package on board.

It is understood that a woman has been arrested by Essex Police on suspicion of endangering an aircraft.

Taking to Facebook, one resident of Thorley said: "[It was] loud enough to make us all jump."

People living in High Roding, Newport, and Saffron Walden also reporting hearing the boom.


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