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Blast-like noise sparks panic

Tezpur: Chaos ensued in Tezpur on Friday noon when residents were forced to rush out from their homes after a loud, blast-like sound filled the air.

An air force training exercise was going on at the time and the sound was triggered by a Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft which even shattered window panes of houses here.

Talking to The Telegraph, defence spokesperson Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said the exercise was a routine one which is conducted during their training period.

The sound could be heard in areas from Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district to Gohpur in Biswanath district. Sources said a few days ago a similar loud sound was heard in Mangaldoi district as well.

The air force station here regularly conducts training exercises of SU-30 MKI planes and people witness night patrolling as well but the sound created on Friday was quite loud.

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