Fighter jet’s sonic booms rattle Central Coast

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – Officials at Edwards Air Force Base have confirmed that an F-22 fighter jet conducting a test flight was behind a series of sonic booms heard along California’s central coast.

Authorities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties say they received several calls Thursday from residents who reported sudden shaking of windows and doors that felt like an earthquake.

Steve Walter, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told KEYT-TV that he received calls from as far north as Santa Maria.

Edwards Air Force Base said in a statement that the jet was on a routine, authorized test flight 50 miles offshore, but Thursday’s atmospheric conditions allowed the boom to be heard and felt along the coast.

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