A huge noise that panicked Parisians on Wednesday was caused by a sonic boom when a military jet broke the speed of sound, police in the French capital said.
“A very loud noise was heard in Paris and the Paris region. It was not an explosion, it was a fighter jet that crossed the sound barrier,” said the Paris police on their Twitter account and asked people to stop calling emergency numbers to call.
The noise that could be heard all over the city and shattered the windows shook Parisians after a knife attack in front of the former offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which the government had called an act of terror last week.
The incident on Wednesday created confusion. People asked on social media about a noise that could be heard all over the city, but that left no trace of damage.
This could be clearly heard during the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros when the Swiss star player Stan Wawrinka and his German opponent Dominik Koepfer paused, amazed and worried, when the noise echoed in the stadium.
Last Friday, two people were wounded in the knife attack by a man carrying a cleaver outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in central Paris.
The attack came three weeks after the Paris trial of alleged accomplices in the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015.
17 people were killed in the three days of violence, including Charlie Hebdo employees and a police officer.
The bloodshed heralded a wave of Islamist violence in France that has so far killed 258 people. The nation remains on high alert for terrorism risks.
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