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Bengaluru’s mystery sounds solved and it has an Indian Air Force link

The mystery of the sonic boom in Bengaluru airspace was finally solved. The loud noise heard over the city was the result of a routine Indian Air Force test flight, the defence ministry has said.

“It was a routine IAF Test Flight involving a supersonic profile which took off from Bluru Airport and flew in the allotted airspace well outside City limits. The aircraft was of Aircraft Systems and Testing Establishment (ASTE),” a Ministry of Defence statement said.

Several theories for the noise were floated after it was heard over at 1.20 pm on Wednesday.




The sound was heard from as far as the Bengaluru airport in Devanahalli to the IT hub of Electronic City 54 km away. It was also heard in Kalyan Nagar in east Bengaluru, central Bengaluru’s MG Road and areas such as Marathahalli, Whitefield, Sarjapur and Hebbagodi.

The internet went into overdrive as anxious users speculated whether it was an earthquake or an explosion, but it was neither. Police in the Karnataka capital said that there is no evidence of an explosion in the city and no damage has been caused after the sound was heard.

Karnataka’s state disaster monitoring centre clarified in a tweet that it was not an earthquake.