Loud explosion heard in Queens, sonic boom suspected
PUBLISHED Wed, September 21, 2016 - 2:44pm EDT
Residents in New York City and Nassau County have reported hearing a "loud explosion", but officials believe the sound originated from fighter jets used to escort President Barack Obama. Only few details are available. (more)
The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday when residents in Queens and other areas reported hearing a loud boom, and some said the boom was strong enough to shake their buildings. But firefighters were unable to find evidence of an explosion.
Instead, the Oceanside Fire Department says the sound is believed to have originated from fighter jets that are used to escort Air Force One. President Barack Obama is currently in New York City to visit the United Nations and he is expected to depart later on Wednesday afternoon.
Among other areas, the explosion-like sound was heard in Queens, particularly the area near John F. Kennedy Airport, but also in Nassau County, including the towns of Valley Stream, Lawrence and Lynbrook. There have been no incident involving planes at JFK.
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