An “explosion” that “left Devon and Cornwall locals confused” was in fact just a sonic boom from an F-35 jet.
In their unimitable style, CornwallLive reported in the article ‘‘Explosion’ on Devon and Cornwall border leaves locals confused‘ that many locals reported a loud bang.
Devon and Cornwall Police also confirmed they’d received a report of a loud bang at 12:15 pm today.
It turns out, it was just an F-35 going supersonic.
A Royal Air Force spokesman said:
“The sonic boom heard in the Cornwall area today was caused by RAF F-35 Lightning aircraft completing operational training inside the supersonic offshore range area, any inconvenience caused to local residents is regretted.
Supersonic flight in oversea ranges is routine. Our F-35s were approx 25 miles off the coast when supersonic today this is completely normal. Such events do not often cause sonic booms to be heard. The climatic conditions today may have been a factor.”
What is a sonic boom?
A sonic boom is a loud sound kind of like an explosion. It’s caused by shock waves created by any object that travels through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms create huge amounts of sound energy.