Houses and windows ‘shake’ as mystery ‘sonic boom’ heard across Dorset

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Residents have reported hearing a ‘sonic boom’ which caused their windows and houses to shake.

They said it happened across large parts of the south west of England on Saturday at about 3pm, including Dorset and Somerset.

Others said they heard it in parts of Devon, including Exeter.

Social media users claimed it caused their windows to rattle.

One social media user tweeted: "Anyone else hear that sonic boom then? The windows of the house shook."

Another claimed to hear a "huge bang", adding: "House was shaking."

And one person wrote: "Massive boom heard in North Taunton at about 3pm. Might have been a sonic boom."

While one said it "seemed to last a good few minutes".

People speculated there may have been a shock wave from an explosion or supersonic aircraft.

But a spokeswoman for the RAF said it was not linked to any RAF activity.

A sonic boom occurs when an object – usually a jet – travels faster than the speed of sound and breaks the sound barrier.

Another Twitter user posted: "Heard it here in Portland, Dorset. Yeah, I reckon sonic boom, but no one seems to know."

And one reported a "sonic boom heard in Torquay".

Earlier this month, residents in Liverpool reported hearing an “explosion” thought to have been a sonic boom.

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