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Mysterious Sonic Boom Occurs In California

Sonic booms have rattled many Southern California homes in recent weeks.

The Los Angeles Times reported residents in Southern California have had their homes shaken and have heard loud booms coming from the sky in the last week.

The U.S. Air Force has now taken responsibility for the loud sonic booms and shared that they came from Vandenberg Space Base.

U.S. Space Force also said that the sonic booms came from rocket launches and landings.


Per The LA Times:

The house jolts and rumbles, and then there’s the unmistakable boom that Mikayla Shocks has been hearing more and more frequently from her Camarillo home.

“One time, I thought a car hit my house,” the mother of four said. “It’s felt by everyone. We hear the boom. My dog freaks out.”

It took a few such incidents and a bit of internet sleuthing before Shocks found the source: sonic booms from rockets launching from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Space Force officials previously claimed such incidents were rare, and that sonic booms from rocket launches and landings had little effect on the coast.

But the U.S. Air Force now admits what thousands of residents, from Lompoc to Camarillo, have known for months — sonic booms from Vandenberg Space Base regularly rattle a large swath of Southern California, startling residents and wildlife across more than 100 miles of coastline.

Per Fox LA:

A sonic boom could rattle Southern California Tuesday thanks to SpaceX’s latest rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The Falcon 9 launch will carry the ESA EarthCare (Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer) mission destined for a low-Earth orbit.

Those who live in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties may be able to hear those sonic booms during the landing.

If the launch does not happen Tuesday, a backup window is available Wednesday for the same time, according to SpaceX.


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