Sonic boom blasts over Paris as fighter jet breaks sound barrier

The shockwave rattled windows, made birds fly up and was heard in every part of the city, leading to a surge in phone calls to police.

A view shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris on its reopening day to the public following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 25, 2020 (photo credit: REUTERS)
A view shows the Eiffel Tower in Paris on its reopening day to the public following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in France, June 25, 2020
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The sonic boom of a fighter jet breaking the sound barrier reverberated through the French capital Paris and nearby suburbs on Wednesday, the Paris police prefecture said on Twitter.

The shockwave rattled windows, made birds fly up and was heard in every part of the city, leading to a surge in phone calls to police.
The blast was also heard at tennis game at Rolland Garros, and was caught on the game's broadcast.

It was later explained by the French Defense Ministry that the jet received permission to break the sound barrier, as it was responding to an emergency when contact was lost with a commercial airliner.
The police urged people not to call emergency services.
Paris has been tense since a knife attack outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Friday.

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.