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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (THECOUNT) — Multiple reports came in Monday night after a loud boom was heard around the area of Virginia Beach into Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk.
Countless residents from a wide area reported hearing a loud noise around 6:30 p.m. Several individuals reporting said they had items “fall off the walls” as their houses shook.
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So far no damage or injuries have been reported, reports WAVY.
10 On Your Side reached out to the Navy to figure out if it was a sonic boom from a jet, and Navy spokesperson Cmdr. Dave Hecht says an F-18 Super Hornet was operating in the area at the time, but that he cannot confirm whether it was the cause of the noise. Hecht was originally unaware that jets were operating in the area at the time.
NAS Oceana and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress are both in the area of where many of the callers are located. Many viewers say they saw and heard jets operating around Fentress Airfield Rd, in Chesapeake, VA, between 6 and 7 p.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey also says no earthquakes were recorded, and there are no major power outages. Dominion says no transformers or power poles are on fire, despite rumors that something exploded in Sandbridge.
Geo quick facts: Portsmouth is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,535. It is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area – Wikipedia.
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