VIDEO: Sonic Boom Rocks Washington D.C.

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( – On Sunday, June 4, Washington D.C. residents captured videos of depicting the moment a sonic boom reverberated through the city, according to Newsweek. The loud noise was the result of F-16 fighter jets using sonic in order to intercept a private plane that wasn’t responding and had encroached upon restricted airspace.

The aircraft turned out to be a Cessna 560 plane carrying four people. Unfortunately, it crashed that afternoon, killing everyone onboard, including one toddler. One of the videos, which has been viewed 3.6 million times, depicted a dog jumping off a couch and running away after being startled by the sound of the jets chasing after it.

The RAWSALERTS page on Twitter showed the video, with a caption explaining that the video had been taken by a home security camera. They proceeded to describe the incident which led to the boom and reported that the private Cessna plane had gone down in Virginia.

In a different video that has gained some traction online, a man and a woman were preparing to record a music video in their home before the sonic boom was heard. Following the incident, the two went off to investigate the mysterious noise.

The sonic boom caused a lot of speculation online, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was quick to release a statement and explain that the NORAD F-16 fighter aircraft had been authorized to use supersonic speed in order to reach the Cessna aircraft. This is what had caused the sonic boom that many of the residents in the region had heard.

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