‘Where was the warning?!’ Furious residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia are spooked after the Pentagon’s sonic boom rattled windows and doors on Sunday afternoon
- An authorized military exercise caused a loud ‘explosion’ in the Washington DC area that shook homes and caused widespread panic
- Around the same time, a plane crashed in mountainous Virginia
- Social media users reported hearing a huge ‘bang’ across the city, with some saying it shook their homes
An authorized military exercise caused a loud “explosion” in the Washington DC area that shook homes and caused widespread panic.
Authorities say the source of the loud boom around 3:30 p.m. Sunday was simply an F-16 fighter jet breaking the sound barrier during military exercises over the Chesapeake Bay.
The drills were apparently routine and not the result of any military emergency.
Around the same time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna plane crashed in a mountainous region of Virginia.
The plane took off from Elizabethton, Tennessee and was en route to Long Island New York. It is not known if the two cases were related.
But the loud sound heard from miles away spooked some social media users who said it shook their homes.
And multiple agencies received a flurry of calls about the noise, which was heard as far away as Annapolis, Maryland.
Now some residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia are upset that there was no warning about the drill.
Dozens of people said they heard a huge ‘bang’ or ‘explosion’ in DC – which shook the ground and was compared to an earthquake
The Annapolis Emergency Management Office said the loud noise was caused by an authorized Department of Defense flight
“If this was truly a sonic boom just felt in Maryland and Virginia, the government has serious explanations to give and a pilot must be dishonorably discharged immediately,” Matt Cox wrote.
“It was strong enough to shake my fucking coffee table. Thank God there are no children in the house.
Some online said they were afraid to go outside afterwards, while others said whatever the source of the noise, it couldn’t be good.
“There was an explosion in Washington DC a few minutes ago. It seems to have been heard across much of the city,” Hussein Ibish tweeted. “I have no idea what happened, but it’s not good.”
Erica Petacchi added that she had just got out of her car when she heard the noise and “felt something”.
“This is unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” she tweeted. “I thought it was a big gas explosion nearby.”
Social media users reported hearing a huge ‘bang’ across the city, with some saying it shook their homes
Eventually, however, the City of Annapolis Emergency Management Office announced that the noise was simply the result of a sonic boom.
“The loud boom that was heard in the DMV area was caused by an authorized DOD flight,” he said. “This flight caused a sonic boom.”
The Department of Homeland Security said there was no threat at this time.