‘Sonic boom’ rattles homes and shakes buildings as ‘loud bang’ heard for miles

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Startled Brits have reported hearing a "sonic boom" in parts of south England.

People in Cambridge, Essex and London have taken to Twitter to share their shock at a loud rumbling sound this afternoon.

Some have reported their homes shaking in the unknown blast.

"Bloody hell was that a sonic boom in Cambridge? Literally shook the house!" one said.

Another added: "Real window-rattler. My thoughts were sonic boom, too."

Photos taken of the aftermath show a trail of smoke in the sky, a strong clue that a plane was the cause of the noise.

A sonic boom refers to the loud sound made from the shock waves created whenever an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound, which is 767 mph (1234 km/h).

An RAF Typhoon heading south over the country is believed to be the source of the boom.

Photos of the QRA jet's flightpath published online show the aircraft making its way over east London.

So far there has been no official acknowledgement from the RAF or the American airforce (USAF) which operates a number of airbases in East Anglia.

USAF F15 fighter jets from RAF Lakenheath have been flying training missions over Cambridgeshire.

A similar incident happened last year when RAF Typhoons intercepted a commercial flight after a passenger became aggressive in the cabin.

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