Hampton Roads residents report loud 'boom' sound Tuesday

Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Posted at 12:51 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 14:00:59-04

HAMPTON ROADS - Residents have been reporting a large "boom" sound that was heard around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

News 3 has gotten reports about the sound and some reports of shaking from viewers in parts of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

On Tuesday, a public affairs officer for the Navy said there were aircraft assigned to Naval Air Station Oceana flying over the Atlantic Ocean conducting normal operations.

The officer said they can not speculate on the source of the noise but added they are currently verifying with Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) Virginia Capes and Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic.

Officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon that based on preliminary analysis of data by FACSFAC, a sonic boom was heard in the Salem area of Virginia Beach at approximately at 10:30 a.m.

Military aircraft were operating in a designated airspace off of the coast of Virginia conducting routine flight operations, according to the officer.

Additionally, the United States Geological Survey reports earthquakes on their website and nothing has been reported as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in our area.

Around this time last year, many people reported the same type of sound. The Navy later confirmed that an F-18 Super Hornet from Oceana was the cause of the sonic boom heard across Hampton Roads.