Saturday, January 29, 2022

A SpaceX launch sent a sonic boom across the Treasure Coast

No, there wasn’t a meltdown at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.

Residents of Indian River County — and some people farther south — had their mornings interrupted by a sonic boom, which shook windows and spooked pets around 10:30 a.m. Dozens took to social media to ask their neighbors what the noise was.

“What the heck was that big boom a few minutes ago? Shook my windows!! All the birds took off!” wrote one person.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Thursday morning, January 13, 2022. The rocket is carrying a number of small satellites on a ridesharing mission.   Mandatory Credit: Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY NETWORK

A handful of people expressed similar shock, but others were quick to reassure: the boom came from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launch in Cape Canaveral.

The rocket launched at 10:25 a.m., sending 105 government and commercial satellites into space. Its booster detached and successfully landed at its designated landing zone minutes after launch.

This was the first local landing of a Falcon 9 since June of last year, according to Florida Today. 

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