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Suspected sonic boom in Harrogate

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6:11pm 26th January 2012

There was a loud bang in Harrogate this afternoon.

It's thought that it was the result of a sonic boom caused by a low-flying aircraft.

Geological experts confirmed that there was no earthquake recorded in the area and the Met Office confirmed that there were no major weather problems that could have caused the bang.

North Yorkshire Police have not found any evidence of an explosion or any other incident that may have caused the loud noise some people heard.

What is a Sonic Boom?

A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound.

Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding much like an explosion.

The crack of a supersonic bullet passing overhead is an example of a sonic boom in miniature.

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