Around 2:25 p.m. people across the area, thousands of people who were not at Fenway Park for the Bruins/Penguins winter classic, suddenly heard a roar overhead, of the sort that might presage the kind of alien invasion only knowledge of Macintosh computer viruses and a stirring speech by Bill Pullman could fend off.
Or as John Savoia asked: "What the hell just flew overhead?"
We've had jet-fighter flyovers at Fenway before, but this one, by two F-15 jets from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, seemed louder and lower than earlier ones - or maybe just having more of their engine noise bounce off the low cloud cover - area residents report.
Deborah Hier reports: "It rattled my windows, sent my cat running for cover and gave me an instant headache."
Kfan managed to catch his breath: "Are we at war or is there a sports things happening? Jet fighter just dive bombed all of Cambridge and Boston."
Tina Sparkle added: " I've never heard anything like that in the two decades I've lived here, *and* the year I lived around the corner from Fenway."
Rosalie Rippey gave a final look at her husband: "Sooooo loud! My husband and I were looking at each other like, it’s over. This is our final moment."
KVS agreed: "Fighter jets for the winter classic at Fenway. That was the loudest I have ever heard them."
He added: "My heart is still racing.I’ve lived in Somerville for 22 years and I don’t EVER remember it being that loud - including after 9/11. "
Some notice would have been nice, Samantha Irene writes: "Know if there’s any civic responsibility for them to post when there are flyovers or that this is posted somewhere in advance? When I expect it it still gives me jitters, but when I don’t it’s really bad."
Drew Starr is not pleased: "At least where I'm at near Berklee, the fireworks were negligible, but still have some ringing in the ear that was facing the window from the flyover."
"The whole house shook," Emi, in Somerville reports.