Sonic boom from air show jets rattles Tucson area

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A sonic boom during practice from an upcoming air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base broke some windows in homes and businesses in Tucson. By Content Creator A sonic boom during practice from an upcoming air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base broke some windows in homes and businesses in Tucson. By Content Creator
A sonic boom during practice from an upcoming air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base broke some windows in homes and businesses in Tucson. By Content Creator A sonic boom during practice from an upcoming air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base broke some windows in homes and businesses in Tucson. By Content Creator

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A sonic boom during practice from an upcoming air show at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base broke some windows in homes and businesses in Tucson.

Authorities say the incident was reported about 2:45 p.m. Friday in the midtown area as aircraft practiced for Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona 2012 open house. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 14.

Davis-Monthan officials say one of the demonstrations broke the sound barrier, which caused a sonic boom.

Base officials say breaking the sound barrier is prohibited over populated areas.

Tucson police say they received about 90 calls to their 911 system. Most of the callers reported damage, primarily consisting of broken windows.

The Arizona Daily Star says the Air Force base will send claims representatives to assess the damage.

Davis Monthan officials did confirm that one of the jets practicing broke the sound barrier and said that it's not very common for aircraft to break the barrier during a performance. They said breaking the sound barrier is restricted over populated areas.

Base officials said that anyone needing to claim property damage due to the sonic boom can call the 355th Fighter Wing Claims office at 520-954-0146. They can also call their Public Affairs office at 520-228-3406.  For more information, visit www.dm.af.mil.