What were those two booms in the Puget Sound region?

There are 6 comments on the Aug 17, 2010, Rentonreporter.com story titled What were those two booms in the Puget Sound region?. In it, Rentonreporter.com reports that:

Two loud booms rattled offices in downtown Federal Way around 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.

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Seattle, WA

#1 Aug 17, 2010
I am in Federal Way and I heard on the AM radio that it "might have been" military aircraft. After the first BOOM I thought someone was firing a weapon outside my house. After the second BOOM and I saw that all the doors and windows shook I thought it might have been a sonic boom and aftershock. The radio is not telling us exactly what it was, only ideas of what it might have been. Maybe kids lighting off explosives for fun or something? I tried calling the local sheriff station and 911 but the lines were busy every time. Still no answers.

Seattle, WA

#2 Aug 17, 2010
Just read the post and learned that they were sonic booms caused by military aircraft experimentation.

Seattle, WA

#3 Aug 17, 2010

2.8 magnitude.

I'm in Tacoma just off of center street and it shook my house too, but reports are coming from even as far out as auburn and cathlamet.

Seattle, WA

#4 Aug 17, 2010
Experimentation? Where did you hear that? The news is saying two planes were sent to intercept another plane.

Seattle, WA

#5 Aug 17, 2010
Everyone from Centralia to Tacoma heard it, people that live on my street came outside and were scared because it was one after another. I just want to know what it was. if it was Military F18 fighter jets intercepting another plane or kids playing around, im 19 and Ive never heard anything like it.
Eugene Cain


#6 Aug 18, 2010
Everyone is Shell schocked.

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