Residents terrified as sonic boom shakes houses during night in CCTV footage
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UK residents almost soiled themselves last night after a sonic boom shook houses and the incident was even captured on video.
Take a look for yourself:
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that a Typhoon fighter aircraft was launched on Wednesday evening, causing a sonic boom, which occurs when planes fly faster than the speed of sound.
According to FlightRadar, the FGR4 model took off near Grantham at around 8.30pm on Wednesday.
After reaching Milton Keynes, it reportedly did a U-turn towards Luton in Bedfordshire and then flew over Peterborough.
The boom was felt by people in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.
The spokesperson for the MoD explained: "The RAF is responsible for policing UK airspace and would prefer not to cause any disturbance to those on the ground, however, the safety and security of the nation remains paramount.
"QRA are launched to intercept unidentified aircraft because the aircraft cannot be identified by any other means, i.e. the aircraft is not talking to civilian or military air traffic control, has not filed a flight plan and/or is not transmitting a recognisable secondary surveillance radar code."
They did not reveal why the aircraft had been launched.
The loudness of the boom was captured in CCTV footage, shared by Chris Godfrey on X (Twitter), showing his son Henry quickly rush back into the home.
"Think we may need to change the now soiled water in the hot tub," he joked in the caption. "My son was in it as a #sonicboom shook the sky.
"RAF Eurofighter Typhoon scrambled for as yet unknown reason."
He added: "He certainly didn’t hang about Yes flight path right overhead us. The sky and house both shook."
Resident Pete Cox, from Orton Goldhay, in Peterborough, told the BBC: "It blew our bedroom door open. I thought, that's not something like a bin toppling over - that's much louder."
Camilla Sherwin, from Oundle, in Northamptonshire, said: "We were about to turn in and suddenly, this massive boom - we thought it was some sort of explosion.
"The whole house sort of shook - the windows shook - and it was quite an extraordinary noise.
"Everybody was jumping on to Facebook to ask what it was - suddenly the local Facebook pages lit up... We actually thought we had somebody dancing on our roof."
In Peterborough, Sandy Lane said she was 'admiring the super blue moon when we heard and felt it'.
"Our garage door rattled and for a split second we felt a kind of tremble or rumble," she said.
"We wondered what ever it could be then looked up to the sky and way high above saw the light of a plane whizzing in the night sky - and realised."