Mystery solved: Sonic booms shook Bakersfield Friday morning

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It wasn't an earthquake.

UPDATE (3:18 p.m.): The sounds that shook houses and puzzled residents Friday morning were sonic booms from jets making test flights from Edwards Air Force Base, officials said.

The aircraft fly above 30,000 feet in a corridor that is specifically used for testing supersonic flight, said Ed Buclatin, director of public affairs for the U.S. Air Force’s 412th Test Wing. The booms ordinarily wouldn’t be he heard in Bakersfield.

“It is a daily occurrence for them and on a normal day they usually don’t travel as far, but depending on weather conditions it is possible that the sound waves could reach Bakersfield,” Buclatin said.

He said the weather conditions Friday were perfect for testing the jets.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Multiple reports came in Friday morning of two loud “booms” heard throughout Bakersfield and as far away as Wasco that residents say shook homes.

Calls came in shortly before 11:30 a.m. regarding the mysterious noises. There have been no reports of an earthquake in the area, and firefighters said they were not called to any incidents around that time that would explain the sound.

Bakersfield police spokeswoman Kelsey Brackett said they also don’t know what made the noises. There were no explosives set off during training and nothing officers responded to Friday would account for them.

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