D-M acknowledges window-shattering noise was sonic boom | News
A large number of Tucson residents reported hearing a loud boom Friday. Officials at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where the Thunderbirds are practicing for a weekend air show, originally said it was not a sonic boom.
However, D-M now says after further investigation, a sonic boom did occur.
The Air Force Thunderbirds were practicing for the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona air show when one of the demonstrations broke the sound barrier around 2:45 p.m. Officials said, "It is uncommon for aircraft to break the sound barrier during a performance and is restricted over populated areas. "
Tucson Police said they received about ninety 911 calls about the noise. They said most of the callers reporter their houses or business buildings shook.
Tucson Police said the areas affected were those all along East Pima Road, areas near East Fort Lowell Road and North Dodge Boulevard, and along North Wilmot Road, between Grant and Pima.
Some home owners reported broken windows caused by the noise. Anyone wishing to file a claim due to property damage should contact the claims office at (520) 954-0146 or the public affairs office at (520) 228-3406. For more information on how to file a claim click here.
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