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Another Sonic Boom Felt Along Jersey Coast

After NBC 4 New York viewers reported feeling more sonic booms along the New Jersey coast Monday, a military official confirmed the Department of Defense was again conducting flight tests and training in the area.

The reports came from Brigantine and Barnegat at about 1:45 p.m.  

A spokeswoman with the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland confirmed it had flights over the Atlantic Ocean there around that time, and that other military, Navy and Air Force aircraft were also out there, "as they are on any given day for training," she said in an email.

The flights took place in the same test track where the sonic booms happened last week. Those were more widely felt, prompting multiple reports of rumbles and house-shaking to flood in from the southern Jersey Shore to Long Island and the Connecticut coast. 

U.S. Geological Survey officials say last week's sonic booms -- created when an aircraft breaks the sound barrier by traveling more than 768 mph -- were first recorded 8 miles south of Jackson, New Jersey. Eight other spikes were reported at multiple stations in southern New Jersey.

An Amityville, Long Island woman said she felt earthquake-like vibrations getting stronger, sending at least six pulses through her home. 

"I actually felt it in me," said Diane Bates. "It was a sensation that I've never experienced before."

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