Navy says flight testing may have resulted in sonic booms along N.J. coastline

The Navy now says that flight testing done Thursday afternoon may have resulted in sonic booms that rocked towns along the New Jersey coastline Thursday.

The Navy has released the following statement:

"Aircraft from Naval Test Wing Atlantic were conducting routine flight testing in the Atlantic Test Ranges this afternoon that included activities which may have resulted in sonic booms.
The test wing is critical to the safe test and evaluation of all types of Navy and Marine Corps aircraft in service and in development and is primarily based out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Other military aircraft, including both Navy and Air Force, also frequently use the ranges for testing and training."

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The event happened around 1:30 p.m. and was felt from southern New Jersey to the Eastern Seaboard to Long Island, New York.

The U.S. Geological Survey first confirmed that the event was a sonic boom.

The USGS also says there were at least 9 sonic booms recorded during an hour and a half span.

The USGS explained in a tweet: "A sonic boom travels through the air w/ the airplane so it arrives at different ground locations at different times."

The USGS provided the locations of the sonic booms they recorded, and their proximity to nearby towns:

- 2 miles NNE of Hammonton, NJ
- 8 miles SSE of Jackson, NJ
- 11 miles East of Williamstown, NJ
- 13 miles SE of Pine Hill, NJ
- 37 miles S of Trenton, NJ
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