So what was that massive boom so many of us heard yesterday afternoon?

It brought back some memories because as a kid I grew up near Picatinny Arsenal and I remember hearing some massive explosions that would shake the ground and this was very similar.  I was curious about what caused it...

Lots of us in Central Jersey, The Jersey Shore and South Jersey have been talking about this shake and boom.

People reported hearing it in Cape May, Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Salem counties.

I was unsure if it was a man-made boom or something to do with the weather. I asked my contacts at The National Weather Service and they were like, “nope…not us”.  Huh...so what actually happened?  I don’t know about you, but when the earth shakes, I feel like an earthquake is a natural assumption.

It turns out that sound may actually have been a "sonic boom". A sonic boom...so what in the heck is that?

Wikipedia says:

A sonic boom is a sound associated with shock waves created when an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound. Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding similar to an explosion or a thunderclap to the human ear.

 

Why does it happen?

NASA says an aircraft actually causes the sound and the shaking to go along with it because the sound waves are that powerful. It is actually "supersonic".

So what do you think? Does that assessment fly with you? Or do think it was just the aliens?!?!? 👾

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