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Could a secret spy jet be the explosive Could a secret spy jet truth behind mystery booms? Series of thunderous noises heard over Coventry and Warwickshire excites conspiracy theorists...

Byline: Duncan Gibbons News reporter duncan.gibbons@coventrytelegraph.net

THE space-age engine of a top secret spy plane is the latest theory behind a series of mysterious explosions heard across Britain.

THe engine of a top secret spy plane is the latest theory behind a series of mysterious explosions heard across Britain.

People in Coventry and Warwickshire were among hundreds of from the south coast to the People in Coventry and Warwickshire were among hundreds of from the south coast to the Scottish Highlands who reported hearing explosions which rattled windows, woke children and spooked pets.

were recorded at One scientist said the noises, which were recorded at around 10pm on Saturday, sounded like a 'pulse detonation engine.'.

It works by using the force from a series of explosions to propel itself forward and, in theory, can power planes at five times the speed of sound.

conspiracy theorists... say the technology is a potential way of powering the socalled Aurora spy jet, the existence of which is routinely denied by the authorities.

"It makes the same kind of pulsing sound," said Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal of Sheffield University. "When we run a test engine it's a real industrial noise and you can hear it for miles. We have people coming to us ask-ple ask ing to make less noise or keep it to the daytime."

Other explanations " include the breaking up of a meteorite in the atmosphere, or the sonic boom of jets breaking the sound barrier.

In April 2012, the sonic boom from two RAF Typhoons rattled windows, shook walls and set off car alarms in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Many people took to social media on Sunday after hearing the latest noises.

Writing on the Coventry Telegraph's Facebook page, Spirit Purple Rinse said: "I went outside to empty the bin and i thought had the local gas works exploded.

"But thought 'no that would be massive bang?' "It sounded like fireworks but I know it wasn't.

"Very very strange noise. The sonic boom made me jump out of my seat and run outside all those years ago, but this was weird..."

And Nikki Drakeford said: "That's what I heard, didn't even look at the time but was after eight and before ten.

"I thought it was fireworks as well. I heard the sonic boom few years ago and it wasn't the same as that."

Aviation lecturer Dr Andrew Taylor said the noises did not sound like an ordinary sonic boom, and that the sourcecould have come from hundreds of miles away. Another specialist, Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, said the noise could be geological or meteorological but was not made by an aircraft in his opinion.

The Ministry of Defence said there were no records of any military jets being scrambled on Saturday night.

Tell us your views at: letters@coventrytelegraph.net

'' The sonic boom made me jump out of my seat and run outside all those years ago, but this was weird...

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