Reaction to the sonic boom made by RAF Typhoon jets heard across Norfolk and Suffolk

Thetford Grammar School. Picture: Archant Library

Thetford Grammar School. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

The sonic boom caused by RAF Typhoon fighter jets left many residents in Thetford wondering if there had been an explosion.

A sonic boom was heard over East Anglia this morning (Picture: Andy Longhust/submitted)

A sonic boom was heard over East Anglia this morning (Picture: Andy Longhust/submitted) - Credit: Archant

The noise, which happened at around 8.40am, shook buildings and windows and saw people leave their businesses and walk onto the high street to see what had taken place.

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Mark Bedford, headmaster of Thetford Grammar School, was at the Thetford Business Forum meeting in the Bell Hotel when the bang happened.

He said: 'The building shook and I was immediately concerned about the children, staff and parents at school.


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'I instantly left to check the school was safe. People on Bridge Street were asking what was going on.

'A police officer then informed us that he believed it was a sonic boom.'

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Dean Honour, the manager of Hughes in the town, said: 'It was a big of bang. The windows shook. At first we thought it sounded like somebody was on the roof.

'I then got a text from my daughter at the Thetford Academy saying there had been an explosion at school but she was in class. When I looked online I saw it was a sonic boom.'

Pupils at the town's Bishop's Primary Academy were evacuated as a precaution because staff were unsure of what had caused the bang.

A spokesman for the school said senior leadership were not present when the bang was heard and the decision was made to evacuate the pupils while checks were made.

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