Jet fighter blasts through sound barrier above Paris: panic among residents and at Roland Garros | Abroad | News


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Paris was startled this afternoon by a loud bang, which could also be heard at Roland Garros. Meanwhile, it is known that the blow came from a jet fighter blasting through the sound barrier.

The sound led to many reactions and questions on social media. “There is no explosion,” the Paris police have now reported on Twitter. The loud bang was caused by a fighter plane that flew through the sound barrier.

According to the French Ministry of Defense, the aircraft had been authorized for the maneuver.

Witnesses reported buildings shaking as a result of the bang. The thump could also be heard at Roland Garros. Eurosport was able to record how the noise disrupted the tennis match between Stan Wawrinka and Dominik Koepfer, just when the latter wanted to save. The images show how the German is very startled and yet is momentarily taken aback.

Of police are calling on concerned residents via Twitter to stop calling the emergency services now that the cause of the bang is known.

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