South Florida residents heard a sonic boom Friday from two Air Force F-15’s that had been scrambled to intercept an ‘unresponsive’ civilian aircraft in the Palm Beach area.  It is 100 miles from Homestead Air Reserve Base, where the F-15’s are based to Palm Beach and Mar-a-lago.

The jets flew at supersonic speeds and residents were startled by the loud boom, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, said in a statement. The two fighters were able to establish communication with the aircraft. This incident occurred at about 7 p.m. ET.  No further details were immediately available.

“The intent of military intercepts is to have the identified aircraft re-establish communications with local FAA air traffic controllers and instruct the pilot to follow air traffic controllers’ instructions to land safely for follow-on action,” the statement read. – Fox News

Homestead Air Reserve Base is home to the Air Force’s 482d Fighter Wing. The 482nd is a full combat-ready unit that has more than 1,500 members (mostly reservists) and is capable of deployment around the world on short notice.