NORAD disputes report that F-22 caused 'boom' over Queens near JFK Airport

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
NYPD says military F-22 aircraft caused boom over Queens near JFK Airport
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Stacey Sager has the details on Wednesday's boom in Queens

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- The source of a noise that many people reported as an explosion in Queens Wednesday is being disputed and remains a mystery.

Emergency officials began getting reports of an explosion-like noise near JFK Airport at about 2:20 p.m.

The NYPD posted on social media that two military F22 aircraft flying over Queens caused a noise that many people reported as an explosion Wednesday:

But NORAD, the agency that controls and monitors F-15 and F-22 aircraft, said that wasn't the case. NORAD issued this statement:

All indications are that it was NOT NORAD asset that caused the loud boom. There are F-15's in the area enforcing the no fly zone, which was established by the FAA - but it is unlikely it was the F-15 that caused to boom. They are flying at a very high altitude.

This message was posted on social media:

The FDNY and NYPD said they found no evidence of anything actually exploding in the area, and later pinpointed the noise to the military jets.

Reports have come in from the Belmont Racetrack, Woodmere, Valley Stream and all around the region, stretching out to Nassau County on Long Island.

Here are some of the reports on social media:

Though, some people were upset that there was no warning or skeptical of the reason given:

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