UPDATE: Yes, Those Were Sonic Booms We Heard Around 1:45pm Tuesday
UPDATE 4:30pm 8/17/10: According to the Pierce County Emergency Management (PCWARN), the two loud booms heard around 2pm today were confirmed by the FAA to be from two F-15s intercepting an aircraft breaching the presidential no-fly zone. 911 dispatch centers in Pierce County were temporarily overwhelmed by calls from citizens but were never off line. All dispatch centers remain fully operational.
PREVIOUSLY: Numerous Readers, along with this Reporter, heard two rather large explosions on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 17) around 1:50pm.
Initial Reader responses indicate that the sounds were heard in Eagle Landing Park, Three Tree Point, SW 148th and Ambaum (where it made a witnesses’ “door and window move”), Des Moines, and as far away as Federal Way.
Here’s what Rebecca Dare wrote us:
Around 1:50 p.m. there were two big booms (sort of like double-booms spaced apart). It shook our house and seemed like an earthquake. We headed out into the street and could hear a possible jet far away — don’t know if they were sonic booms or not. But I’ve never heard or felt anything like that that wasn’t an earthquake. Have you heard anything from anyone else?
Jm Branson wrote:
Two booms shook my windows near Eagle Landing Park. My friend said they rattled her house in Federal Way.
My guess is military planes in association with Obama’s visit.
I am at SW 148th and Ambaum and it was strong enough to make my doors and windows move!
We are over at SW 114th and Ambaum and our doors and windows were shaken as well. No idea what it was though.
Our first thought was a series of short, sharp earthquakes, but the sonic boom theory may be more plausible, as President Obama is in town, which means that accompanying fighter jets may have cause sonic booms.
We just received word from the Washington State Patrol, which says:
Washington State Patrol is reporting the loud booms heard over the South King County area minutes ago is possibly resulting from a Sonic Boom. Residents are encouraged not to call 9-1-1 in regards to this event.
Any questions, you may call Normandy Park Police Department at 206-248-7600.
Also, KING5 is reporting on their Facebook Page:
If you heard/felt the booms this afternoon – the FAA says they are sonic booms from military aircraft in the area.
So…did YOU hear them? Where were you? And what did it sound like to you? Please leave a Comment below: