A fighter jet breaking the sound barrier rattled Paris on Wednesday prompting a wave of panic and confusion across the French capital as people speculated about the cause of the enormous explosion.
Play at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros was briefly interrupted as the sonic boom echoed in the distance, just before midday local time.
L'explosion mystère à Paris interrompt les joueurs quelques secondes à Roland-Garros. https://t.co/x1zriO5O71
— Vincent Glad (@vincentglad) September 30, 2020
Amid the alarm, Paris police reassured everyone, revealing the source of the “explosion” as merely a jet aircraft breaking the sound barrier as it went supersonic.
“A very large noise was heard across Paris and the surrounding region. It was not an explosion, but a fighter plane which crossed the sound barrier,” the police tweeted.
“Don’t clog up the emergency lines!”
Bruit de l’explosion dans Paris 6 pic.twitter.com/C4myChV9iL
— Studio Danielle (@_StudioDanielle) September 30, 2020
— Claudio Satriano (@claudiodsf) September 30, 2020
The French defence ministry said the jet was scrambled as an emergency measure to assist a commercial airliner which had lost contact with air traffic control and it had permission to break the sound barrier.
The city was already on high alert after a recent terrorist attack targeting the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two journalists were stabbed in the incident, after the attacker targeted the former offices in a failed arson plot.
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