'Loud bang' in London was sonic boom, authorities say

PA Typhoons can travel at twice the speed of sound

PA Typhoons can travel at twice the speed of sound

An RAF spokeswoman confirmed that two fighter jets had been scrambled after an aircraft lost communications. "We are aware of reports of a loud bang in the north London area". 20 a. m. didn' t know that - and made a frenzy of emergency calls to authorities to report an obvious explosion that had made their houses shake.

According to the Metropolitan Police the noise was caused by two RAF Typhoon jets which were being scrambled to respond to a airliner which had lost radio contact.

Around 15 minutes later, police added on Twitter: "The loud bang heard throughout north London and surrounding areas was the result of a sonic boom from RAF planes". "There is no cause for concern".

The bang was heard at about 4.20am local time, rocking homes and people have reported their houses shaking.

Twitter user Natasha wrote: 'Correct been woken up by a massive explosion in North West London.

" Awoke in a panic, " Lynn James in Hertfordshire wrote".

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It was heard across London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. "Worried when you have children hearing this dang". " one other lady requested".

Around 4:15am this morning, social media posts suggested there has been a loud bang or explosion in the region.

Another said they felt "really scared" and "thought the world was about to end".

Authorities additionally confirmed they had been being inundated with emergency calls.

Police across Essex received heaps of 999 calls reporting an explosion, nonetheless the noise was as soon as believed to be the two RAF jets breaking the sound barrier.

Two Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coning by 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.

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