Loud boom and shaking around Peterborough was jet sonic boom to intercept civilian aircraft

What did cause the mystery boom and shakings at Peterborough, UK?

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Thursday 1.30pm: A sonic boom over Peterborough was caused by military jets flying to intercept a civilian aircraft which had temporarily lost radio contact with air traffic control.

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Typhoon aircraft at RAF Coningsby. Photo by Andrew Milligan

The loud booms was reported around Peterborough to as far away as Market Deeping and Huntingdon with many saying their homes shook at the noise just after 1pm.

Just minutes later, RAF spokeman said the loud explosion-like noise and the following rumblings had been created by a Typhoon aircraft from RAF Conningsby to investigate a civilian aircraft which had lost radio contact with air traffic control.

So the noise was caused by an aircraft breaking the sound barrier and causing a sonic boom as reported by Peterborough Today.

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