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January 28, 2016

US naval aircraft testing believed to have triggered sonic booms

A series of sonic booms shook the southern part of New Jersey to Long Island, which is believed to be triggered by US naval aircraft testing in the area.

By Srijanee Chakraborthy

A series of sonic booms shook the southern part of New Jersey to Long Island, which is believed to be triggered by US naval aircraft testing in the area.

Tremors were felt across the southern Jersey Shore to Long Island and Connecticut.

A total of nine sonic booms in the southern part of New Jersey were confirmed by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

"As with all flight operations, the navy takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing and training activities on the community."

The US Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland officials revealed that they were undertaking tests of the naval variant F-35C fighter jet in a cleared military flight area off the east coast, which might have triggered the sonic booms.

According to USGS, sonic booms are generated when an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound.

The navy also stated that the test track on which the military conducts routine supersonic flights runs parallel to the entire coast of the Delmarva Peninsula near Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

It said that certain manoeuvres performed by the aircraft as well as the weather conditions could have resulted in the sonic booms.

A statement cited by ABC news read: "As with all flight operations, the navy takes precautions to lessen the impact of testing and training activities on the community."

The military facility in Trenton, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, has denied housing any aircraft capable of supersonic flights or conducting any artillery drill.

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