Sonic boom is usually refers to the shocks caused by supersonic flight of an aircraft. Thunder is a natural type of sonic boom, created by the rapid heating and expansion of air during a lightning discharge. The cracking sound of a whip is also a form of sonic boom - occurring when the tip of the whip travels faster than the speed of sound.
An informative video describing the features of sonic booms is shown below.
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