Loud explosion noise over Huntingdonshire was ‘sonic boom’

14:59 05 June 2014


A sound of an explosion in Huntingdonshire today was a sonic boom, the police have said.

At about 1.10pm today (Thursday) a loud noise that rattled buildings and set off car alarms was heard over Huntingdon.

Cambridgeshire police has received numerous calls about the noise, a spokesman said.

She confirmed it was a sonic boom, although officers are not sure which plane caused it.

A sonic boom is a bang is caused by air movement when an aircraft breaks through the sound barrier (768mph).

A Luminus spokesman said: “Our head office at Brook House, Huntingdon, was shaken and car alarms went off in the car park.”

Dawn Dodsworth, of Sawtry, told The Hunts Post: “I was with our financial advisor when it happened and he looked as if he had a heart attack. I have heard a few sonic booms before but that was definitely the loudest.

“It’s not just one explosion sound, there are two very close together.

“My husband and I are both ex-airforce and I used to work in air traffic control when I was in my teens. I called the tower at RAF Coningsby and the flight lieutenant said it was a Typhoon but didn’t know what it was doing.

“Things like this are great reminder that when we have military planes ready if we ever need them.”

Laura Neilson said: “Heard the sonic boom today, in Fletton, Peterborough. Thought our flat had collapsed or a bomb had been set off! Can’t believe how loud it was, very scary!”

Theresa Taylor, of Huntingdon, added: “I was ironing when I heard a loud noise followed by a forceful wind go through the house and through me. My house felt like it had jumped.

“Even the dogs started barking. I thought either it was an explosion or the wall outside our house in the car park had been hit.

“I ran upstairs to check out the windows, couldn’t see anything wrong. Went outside and the wall was fine. I then looked on Facebook and the Cambridgeshire police said it was a sonic boom. So glad it wasn’t an explosion or the wall!”

It is not the first time a sonic boom has been heard in Cambridgeshire. Last year a Eurofighter Typhoon from RAF Coningsby caused a sonic boom when it was scrambled to Heathrow after air traffic control officers lost communication with an incoming airplane.

Did you hear the noise? What did you think it was? Send your thoughts to news@huntspost.co.uk.


  • I heard it here in Molesworth....thought it was something mechanical blown up as we have builders nearby!

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    Friday, June 6, 2014

  • Hiya iam lee from huntingdon I was dropping my boys to nursery and thought a bomb went off my boys teachers come running out looking at the skyline for smoke it shook the whole school madness, well loud but glad it wasn't serious like bomb.

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Only normally allowed to fly faster than the speed of sound, over populated areas, in an emergency. Anyone heard why?

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I was up a ladder connecting a new PIR light and the boom which I thought might be a bomb nearly knocked me off the ladder!

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    Andrew Brown

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Just working on my website here in Spaldwick and heard an almighty thud. It got me out of my chair and over to the window. Thought it might have been a plane crash or an explosion somewhere. Afterwards I heard a plane up there. I was wondering so now you've solved it - thanks! Yasmin Chopin Interior Design

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    Yasmin Chopin

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Heard it here on St Peters Road, Huntingdon thought a truck and hit the building!

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • Heard it in Orton Longueville and then a plane went past thought it crashed or a bomb went of somewhere near lol

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    Alicia-Zee Taylor

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I didn't think jets were allowed to break the sound barrier above ground in the UK but apparently they are lol!! Shook our offices in Ramsey and had everyone wondering what had happened!! Wittering have said it's not one of theirs though

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    Holly Davies

    Thursday, June 5, 2014

  • I heard it in Great Paxton, it didn't sound like the usual double boom that a jet going through the sound barrier makes, more like a large door closing nearby

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