Yorkshire is Under Attack! Panic Erupts After Sonic Booms Rock UK Homes

© Flickr / UK Ministry of DefenceFour Royal Air Force Typhoon FGR4 aircraft
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People in Yorkshire, England, were panicked about a possible bomb attack after being shocked by several loud bangs on Tuesday.

Panicked members of the public in northern England took to social networks on Tuesday evening after loud, house-shaking bangs were heard at around 10pm.

​The scary sounds were later explained by official reports that UK Royal Air Force typhoons had been deployed from their airbase in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, to intercept a passenger plane traveling from Paris.

Air France flight 1558 was on its way to Newcastle Airport when it went off course, causing the typhoons to intercept and guide it to a safe landing.

​​​A sonic boom is the thunder-like noise a person on the ground hears when an aircraft flies overhead faster than the speed of sound.

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When the plane flies it displaces air, creating a shock wave which forms a cone of pressurized air molecules, a wake that moves outward and rearward in all directions and extends to the ground.

The cone spreads across the landscape along the flight path; after the initial buildup there is a sharp release of air pressure, and this change in pressure is heard as the aircraft's sonic boom.

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