Update: The US Navy confirms it was a sonic boom based on preliminary analysis of data. There were jets doing routine operations in the designated airspace off Virginia coast at the time.
Hampton Roads residents report loud ‘boom’ sound Tuesday. Here’s what we know so far:
Residents from the Southside up to the Peninsula say they felt their houses rumble around 10:30 a.m.
According to Wavy TV 10, While it’s still unclear if it was a sonic boom from a military jet at this time, we do know it wasn’t an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey reports no earthquakes of any kind in Virginia or off the coast Tuesday.
WAVY reached out to the Navy to confirm whether it was one of their aircraft that caused the boom.
Naval Air Force Atlantic Commander Jennifer Cragg, the force’s public affairs officer, said she couldn’t speculate on the source of the noise, but could confirm aircraft assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana were flying over the Atlantic Ocean at the time conducting normal operations. Cragg says Naval Air Force Atlantic is working to verify if there was a sonic boom with Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Virginia Capes and Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic.