‘Sonic boom’ shakes houses in Cornwall as ‘loud explosion’ heard for miles

A mystery "loud explosion" has rocked homes in the West Country where one resident feared their chimney was blown off.

Stunned by the noise, people living on the Devon and Cornwall border jumped on Twitter to find out if anyone else had heard it.

Multiple users based in the Bude area shared their shock – with many pointing the finger at the Royal Air Force flying over the town and surrounding communities.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they received reports of a "loud bang" in the Stratton area of Cornwall at around 12:15pm on Wednesday.

Locals have speculated online that it could have been caused by either an RAF aircraft or the US Air Force.

A spokesman for the RAF said they were looking into the bang.

Jennifer wrote: "Yikes! Wondering what that mysterious loud bang that shook our home was? I'm awake now.

"Latest guess from Twitter is that it was a supersonic jet. Ok then. That was our excitement for the day."

Helen added: "I heard the loud bang here in Bude. We thought a large bird had hit the window, as all the birds in the garden took off!

"Lots of noise from a jet in the area for half an hour afterwards."

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The noise was heard over 14 miles away in Bradworthy, Devon, BBC News reports.

Sonic booms often occur when planes travel through the air faster than the speed of sound – usually sounding like an enormous clap or bang.

Calum added: "Big explosion just shook my house – turns out the RAF are buggering about nearby and it was a sonic boom. Cool!!"

Others have reported seeing planes flying around in large loops after the bang – heading in the direction of the seaside town, Bude.

One user added: "The Royal Air Force are having fun in Devon/Cornwall.

"Big bang at 12.15 pm – shook our poor old cottage so much, I thought the chimney had fallen over!

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"Sound's like there's a couple of jets recreating a scene from Top Gun!

"Keep the noise down guys!"

Philip whimsically added: "It's a mass Covid fly over vaccine run."

Ian urged locals to relax and joked: "Nope that was just me I found an old bottle of buck fast in my gran's old suitcase.

"I was trying to get the lid off – sorry for the noise."

Baron suggested there could be more to the noise which he claims to have also recently experienced.

He said: "We had this a few weeks ago in the southeast. It honestly, 100% sounded like a bomb, the whole neighbourhood was terrified, people coming out of their houses in shock.

"Now again in Cornwall… Cover-up?"

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