A military jet broke the sound barrier with a loud boom over central and southern Suffolk Thursday morning when a pressurization issue forced it to descend, an FAA spokesman said.
Jim Peters of the Federal Aviation Administration said an F-15 fighter jet was flying over Long Island at about 8:45 a.m. at an altitude of between 14,000 and 17,000 feet when its pilot had "pressurization problems."
The pilot's rapid descent to resolve the pressurization issue caused the sonic boom that was heard over Long Island, Peters said.
He said the pilot was in communication with an FAA controller in Nashua, N.H., which has responsibility for that stretch of airspace over Long Island.
Peters said the pilot apparently resolved the issue. A Suffolk police spokeswoman said the fighter jet departed from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass., and returned there safely.
She said police received numerous emergency calls from communities in the Seventh Precinct.
"We got a bunch of calls on it," said a spokesman from the Suffolk County fire marshal's office.