Speculation is rampant after hundreds of residents across the country reported hearing a thunderous noise shortly before 9am on Wednesday morning.
The sound, which could be heard from the Old Airport area to West Bay to the Industrial Area, only lasted a moment.
But it rattled many people because it was so loud and even caused some homes to “shake,” residents said.
Heard a loud bang sound in Doha! Any updates? What's the cause? Sounded loud! #Doha #Qatar #dohanews #loud
— Rahid (@rahidkader) February 22, 2017
Did anyone else hear that loud noise from outside? My windows were shaking! 5 people in different areas confirmed hearing it too @dohanews
— Mayasa Hassan (@themayview) February 22, 2017
What's happening, #Doha? Hearing multiple reports of loud bangs/explosions, and from all over the city?
— Kamahl Santamaria (@KamahlOnTV) February 22, 2017
Any update on this? House was shaking in Bu Sidra area…
— Dirk-Jan (@dj_theonly) February 22, 2017
Despite requests for comment from the Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Interior and the Qatar Meteorology Department, no official explanation about the noise’s origins has been shared.
However, the most plausible working theory is that the boom sound came from a plane going so fast that it broke the sound barrier.
Qatar is home to the largest US air base in the region. It also has its own fleet of fighter jets.
Others have speculated that the noise was due to construction, or an earthquake, though no seismic activity was recorded in Qatar yesterday.
Anyone know more? Thoughts?