Sonic boom rattles South West UK, possible sonic boom reported in South Jersey USA

Posted on October 20, 2012

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Loud ‘boom’ may have been caused by meteor

A SUSPECTED asteroid caused panic across parts of Devon and Cornwall after a sonic boom and tremor hit residents.

People inundated police with calls saying they had experienced the bizarre phenomenon.

Officers from across the region said they received reports of people hearing loud bangs and buildings shaking from about 4:15pm on Thursday.

The British Geological Survey said it had no evidence of a tremor, but added it could have been a sonic boom from a meteor falling to earth.

Police said the calls were fairly widespread, coming in from Harrowbarrow in south east Cornwall, as well as the South Hams and Teignbridge areas of south Devon, the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor.

This Is Plymouth

Ground Shakes, Possible Sonic Boom in S. Jersey

People are reporting they felt the ground shake Saturday morning in South Jersey.

The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Weather Service are not reporting an earthquake in the area. However, there is speculation it could be a sonic boom, according to the USGS.

NBC Philadelphia

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