What Was That? Tennis Players At French Open Rattled By Sonic Boom in Paris

What Was That? Tennis Players At French Open Rattled By Sonic Boom in Paris

A tennis player at the French Open was visibly startled by a sonic boom Wednesday just as he was about to serve a ball.

Before the cause of the loud bang was known, there was a brief moment of panic outside the grounds of Roland Garros in western Paris as police officers gave instructions to cordon off the area with the possibility of evacuating people. A few security officials sprinted down Boulevard d’Auteuil a long road leading to one of the main entry gates shouting into walkie-talkie radios.

A few minutes later, police revealed the cause of the noise: a fighter plane breaking the sound barrier.

A very loud noise was heard in Paris and in the Paris region. There isn’t an explosion, it’s a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier, police wrote on Twitter. Don’t clog up the help lines!

One police officer on Boulevard dAuteuil walked up to a security official guarding the gates and told them it was false alert before joining colleagues in his patrol car.

But with no forewarning, residents around Paris along with fans and players inside Roland Garros expressed their fears of an explosion on social networks. About 45 minutes later, nearly 17,000 people had retweeted the reassuring news.

On Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second-biggest stadium at the French Open, Dominik Koepfer was interrupted mid-serve by the bang’s loud clap.

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