Huge bang that shook Cov homes still a mys­tery

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By DUN­CAN GIB­BONS

THE cause of an enor­mous bang that shook houses across Coven­try re­mains a mys­tery.

It comes as de­fence chiefs de­nied the in­ci­dent was caused by fighter jets fly­ing at su­per­sonic speed.

The in­ci­dent on Sun­day night sparked a ma­jor 999 op­er­a­tion as po­lice and fire crews searched for the source of the ‘ex­plo­sion’ which ap­peared to be cen­tred in Long­ford.

It was so loud it was heard as far away as Wil­len­hall, Wals­grave and Bed­worth, and caused win­dows to rat­tle and plas­ter to fall from ceil­ings.

There were fears a gas sub­sta­tion in Grindle Road, near the Ri­coh Arena, had ex­ploded but this was ruled out.

There were also no ma­jor crashes in the area that night and the Bri­tish Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said no earthquakes had been recorded at that time.

That left the the­ory the noise was caused by the ‘sonic boom’ of jets break­ing the sound bar­rier.

The Tele­graph asked the Min­istry of De­fence: “Are you able to con­firm if any jets flew over Coven­try and War­wick­shire at that time at su­per­sonic speed?

“If so are you fur­ther able to say why? Was it an ex­er­cise or were they fly­ing to in­ter­cept a per­ceived threat?” But an MoD spokesman said: “We’ve checked with the RAF and there were no fast jets over Coven­try at that time.”

Head of Con­tent

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