Loud noises: People from Croydon (left) to Glasgow (right) were left baffled by a string of bangs last night
A series of mysterious ‘loud bangs’ set the internet alight with speculation after they were heard all over the UK and across the pond in New York on Saturday and apparently again in the UK on Sunday night. Social media users took to Twitter to question the unexplained sounds with many wondering if they were fireworks, an earthquake or even a sonic boom. Claudia Angiletta recorded the sounds at around 9pm in Croydon, south London, and then turned to the internet to see if anyone had heard the same thing.
“I went out to look for fireworks but I couldn’t see anything in the sky,” she told Media. “That’s when I recorded the clip to send to my family to see if they could hear the same thing.” The 27-year-old said the noise sounded like bombs going off for half an hour. Other people also heard the bangs, sparking the Twitter hashtag #loudbangs.
Many of the reports were picked up by Twitter user Virtual Astronomer, who said space debris re-entering the earth’s atmosphere could have been responsible. ‘Space debris such as old satellites and things can cause sonic booms heard over very large areas,’ he told MailOnline. ‘It’s the same for big meteors or rocks that come in. ‘There was very little wind last night so conditions were perfect for sound to travel very long distances.’
Science writer David Dickinson was among the experts who dismissed the meteor theory. He told MailOnline that there was one piece of debris from Russian satellite Kosmos 2251 scheduled for re-entry, but said that the timing was ‘not a good fit’ for it to have been over the UK. He added: ‘I do not think it was a meteor or a piece of space-junk, as the noises mentioned spanned a large segment of time. Plus, unless it was cloudy over the U.K., there would’ve been visual sightings.
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