Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sonic boom: Loud bang from RAF jet heard across Hertfordshire

Sonic boom: Loud bang from RAF jet heard across Hertfordshire

A whole lot of Londoners have reported listening to a big "explosion" throughout London and as far north as Hertfordshire.

Metropolitan Police quickly attempted to calm the public, declaring there was "no cause for concern" and explaining the sound's harmless origins.

The aircraft were the cause of an explosion-like sound which was heard across vast swathes of the South East, with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue receiving a "large number" of calls.

On Twitter, people said their houses had been shaken by the bang.

"The sonic boom was heard across London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire".

Two Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby were scrambled at 0409 this morning, as part of the UK's Quick Reaction Alert procedures, after an aircraft lost communications in United Kingdom airspace.

'There are no reports of an explosion and police are wanting into the incident. "There is no cause for concern", the agency tweeted on Sunday morning.

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"Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby were scrambled this morning, as part of the UK's Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) procedures, after an aircraft lost communications in United Kingdom airspace", an RAF spokeswoman said.

An explosion-like sound was heard across parts of London, with people living in Essex, north and west London and Stevenage among those tweeting to say they had been woken up by the noise.

After communications with the aircraft were restored, the flight continued as planned toward the United States and the fighter jets returned to their base.

She added the Typhoons had since returned to their base.

RAF jets are only given permission to go supersonic in emergencies, such as when they need to intercept another aircraft.

The noise is often heard as a huge thunderclap.

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