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Apr 13, 2012 8:10 PM

'Danger Zone' - Sonic boom rattles midtown

TUCSON - D-M officials have confirmed that a sonic boom did take place over Tucson at about 2:45 p.m. today.

In a news release, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base officials state that an investigation determined that one of the demonstrations performed today in advance of tomorrow's Open House did break the sound barrier, causing a sonic boom.

"It is uncommon for aircraft to break the sound barrier during a performance and is restricted over populated areas," the release states.

Several high-profile aerial squadrons are in town today, including the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds.

Tucson Police reports that they received over 70 calls reporting the boom, and several midtown businesses and homes were damaged. News 4 Tucson's Sam Salzwedel reported from Steps Dance and Fitness Studio at 4 p.m., where the boom caused the storefront's windows to shatter.

Here is information on how to make a property damage claim, from the D-M news release:

Anyone wishing to make a claim due to property damage, please contact the 355th Fighter Wing Claims office at 520-954-0146 or the 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office at 520-228-3406. Claims representatives will be sent to assess damage at your convenience. For more information on how to file a claim, please visit the D-M website at www.dm.af.mil.

We'll have more on the sonic boom and its effects this evening on News 4 Tucson.

Pictured: News 4 Tucson viewer Bill Vaughn says he snapped a photo of these jets this afternoon from Broadway and Craycroft.

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