A military plane that broke the sound barrier on Wednesday raised fears that there had been an explosion in Paris, since the loud noise could be heard both in much of the French capital and in the surroundings.
The Paris Police Prefecture quickly clarified on Twitter that there had been no explosion. “This is a fighter that has crossed the sound barrier. Do not saturate the emergency lines!”he said in a message posted on Twitter at 12:10 local time shortly after the alleged impact.
A very loud noise was heard in Paris and the Paris region. There is no explosion, it is a fighter jet that has crossed the wall of sound.
Don’t clutter up the emergency lines!
– Police Prefecture (@prefpolice) September 30, 2020
The Army specified that it was a Rafale plane from the Saint-Dizier air base, located about 250 kilometers from Paris. His brief written statement to the media indicated that he intervened to “offer assistance to an aircraft with which radio contact had been lost”.
The Rafale was authorized to break the sound barrier to “get to the device in difficulty” and that break occurred specifically in the east of Paris.
Internet users had expressed on Twitter their surprise at what they heard and fear of a possible event. The noise reached the Roland Garros tournament, in the west of the capital, in pFull match between the German Dominik Koepfer and the Swiss Stan Wawrinka. The first one was about to take out but stopped for a few seconds to look at the sky after hearing the loud noise.