F-16 possible source of house-shaking boom heard in area

UPDATE @ 5:01 p.m. (Feb. 20): Englewood police, prompted by reports of a loud boom, checked the area and found nothing, Sgt. Mike Lang said.

But Rick Lohnas, retired wing commanded of the F-16 wing at the Air National Guard base in Springfield, said an F-16 could have produced the noise.

He said F-16s from Toledo were in the area recently on an exercise and easily could have been performing maneuvers that could break the sound barrier.

Any pilot can break the sound barrier as long as the pilot is at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Lohnas told News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald.


Residents across the north Dayton, Englewood, Clayton and Trotwood areas reported a loud boom this evening that shook their houses.

“We just heard a huge explosion, like a sonic boom,” said one caller in the 8300 block of East Westbrook Road, near Seybold Road. “It happened very close by. It jarred the house. It sounds like a house explosion.”

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center and Englewood police said they received reports around 6:25 p.m. about the loud boom. 

People reported hearing a loud boom that shook their homes in Dayton, Trotwood, Clayton and Englewood Sunday night at 6:25. Law enforcement has not been able to find a cause.

Many residents took to social media, questioning the source of the boom on Facebook pages.

Englewood officers and Montgomery County sheriff's deputies responded to the area but were not able to find anything that may have caused the boom. 

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