On Friday morning, ANI reported that the Indian Air Force had carried out a major readiness exercise on Thursday, 14 March night over Punjab and Jammu in which a large number of fighter aircraft had participated, clarifying that this was the reason for the two loud sounds that had been heard over Amritsar on Thursday night.
During the exercise, IAF jets, including frontline aircraft, had flown at supersonic speeds in the border districts including Amritsar, the report said, quoting sources. The report added that the reason for carrying out the combat drill was to be prepared for thwarting any misadventure by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to intrude into the Indian air space.
On Thursday night, Twitter users in Amritsar took to the social media platform to raise concerns after they heard “two loud explosions”. #Amritsar trended on Twitter as people shared thoughts on what the sounds could have been.
Panic After Hearing Loud Sounds
Users said it could have been a sonic boom, which is a loud noise generated when jets break the sound barrier while flying faster than the speed of sound.
The police tried to pacify the people, asking them to not believe the rumours. Jagjit Singh Walia, ADCP Amritsar told ANI, “I appeal to the people to not believe in rumours on social media. Everything is okay, as per our information nothing has happened.”
Some users said that “a loud, trembling sound” had been heard in the city at about 1:15 am on Thursday night.
For the people who are concerned with #Amritsar trending, there was a loud, trembling sound heard here at about 1:15 am. Electricity in the city is intact. Could be a sonic boom.— Damini Gulati (@Damini_Gulati) March 14, 2019
We are hoping to be notified soon by the authorities as to what it was.
Till then, ignore warmongers.
Loud sounds heard in amritsar at 1:15 am. And some are saying that two fighter jets were flying above so it can be the sonic boom of the jets— sushantjoshi (@sushantjoshi008) March 14, 2019
Authorities please clarify #amritsar @aajtak @ptcnews @cpamritsar
2 loud explosions heard in #Amritsar at around 1:15 AM IST— Manish Rana (@TheRanaNo1) March 15, 2019
Bomb or Sonic boom from our fighter jets?
A couple of blast sounds and the whole city is awake & apprehensive. Enough to make us realize we wouldn’t want a war and destroy the peace in the border cities. #Amritsar— Simardeep S. Bhatia (@simsta11) March 14, 2019
I think boom sound heard in #Amritsar is by air waves. It happens when jet plane moves faster than speed of sound.— Amit Bhatti (@amitbhatti) March 14, 2019
(With inputs from ANI.)
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