Sonic boom shatters windows

2012-04-14T00:00:00Z 2014-10-24T10:00:37Z Sonic boom shatters windowsJamar Younger Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 14, 2012 12:00 am  • 

A sonic boom during practice for this weekend's air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base shook buildings, broke windows and rattled nerves in Tucson on Friday afternoon.

The loud noise was reported to Air Force officials at about 2:45 p.m. as aircraft practiced for the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona 2012 open house, authorities said.

One of the planes broke the sound barrier, which caused a loud sonic boom, according to a Davis-Monthan news release. Breaking the sound barrier is prohibited over populated areas, base officials said.

The city's communication center received about 90 calls to 911 beginning at 2:25 p.m., according to a Tucson Police Department news release.

The sonic boom affected different areas of midtown, including the eastern end of East Pima Street, North Wilmot Road between Pima and East Grant Road, and neighborhoods near East Fort Lowell Road and North Dodge Boulevard.

Most of the callers told dispatchers their homes and business buildings shook, and some said their properties were damaged.

The majority of the damage consisted of broken windows.

Anyone who wants to file a claim for property damage is asked to call the 355th Fighter Wing Claims office at 954-0146 or its public affairs office at 228-3406.

The base will send claims representatives to assess the damage.

For information about claim filing go to

Traffic delays this weekend

Traffic will be restricted near Davis-Monthan Air Force base today and Sunday to accommodate spectators attending the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona open house.

The following restrictions will be in effect until 6 p.m.:

• Starting at 6 a.m., westbound travel on East Golf Links Road will be reduced to one lane at South Swan and South Craycroft roads.

• Starting at 2 p.m. eastbound and westbound lanes of Golf LInks between Ajo Way/Aviation Parkway and South Wilmot Road, and the southbound lanes of Swan and Craycroft roads between East 29th Street and Golf Links will be closed.

• Eastbound Golf Links and 29th Street will be closed at Swan. Left turns will be prohibited from southbound Craycroft and Swan roads to eastbound 29th Street.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at or 573-4115.

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