Huge ‘sonic boom’ noise ‘rattles’ houses in Norwich

Kate Ng
·1-min read
<p>Residents in the city of Norwich reported hearing a huge bang they believe was a ‘sonic boom’ overhead on 27 January 2021</p> (Getty/iStockphoto)

Residents in the city of Norwich reported hearing a huge bang they believe was a ‘sonic boom’ overhead on 27 January 2021

(Getty/iStockphoto)

Residents od Norwich and surrounding areas reported hearing a massive bang, believed to be a “sonic boom”, over the city.

Taking to social media to tweet about the huge sound, some people said their house “shook” and windows and doors “rattled” from the booming noise on Wednesday morning.

Witnesses said the bang could be heard for miles around for at about 11.45am,, sending “hundreds” of panicked birds up into the air.

One person said: “The sonic boom or whatever it was in Norwich just now literally made my house shake. I too am shooketh.”

Another person who said they live just outside of Norwich said they too “heard and felt a boom which made the windows shake”.

James Lowen, a nature and travel writer in Norfolk, said: “Presumed sonic boom (sudden massive noise) has just sent 500 wood pigeons into the air above our house! Same observed by friends nearby in Norwich too. And further afield? Mad!”

A sonic boom occurs when an aircraft moves at supersonic speed (above 767mph) and breaks the sound barrier, which results in a “thunderous” sound, according to the Royal Air Force.

Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 shows a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker military refuelling aircraft circled over Mildenhall around the time the sound was heard. However, it remains unclear what caused the sound at this time.

Read More

Sonic boom heard as RAF jets scrambled to intercept private plane

Tennis players at French Open rattled by sonic boom

Sonic boom causes panic as RAF jets scrambled to unresponsive aircraft