A loud bang heard across a large part of England was from a sonic boom caused by a
Typhoon jet, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
Police and fire services in the West Midlands were inundated with phone calls shortly after 6pm from concerned members of the public.
Many people on Twitter and other social networking sites confirmed they had also heard the noise, some as far as Swindon and Oxfordshire.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed the bang was caused by a Typhoon fighter aircraft.
The plane was one of two Typhoons that had been launched following an emergency call from a helicopter.