SO WHAT WAS the mystery noise that woke many residents up and rattled some windows at about 3:40am on Thursday morning 9th January 2014?
The noise which sounded like a single rumbling explosion, which some say was accompanied by a single brilliant flash of light, has caused some controversy on our Facebook page and in local media.
Carol Cook said: “Sounded like thunder to me, but it was a bit strange because it was only one very loud noise that rumbled for a few seconds and then no more after that.”
Gemma Gray disagreed: “I didn’t think it sounded like thunder… Me and my partner thought it was an explosion or a plane crash or something… I couldn’t get back to sleep after it and kept thinking I might need to evacuate!!”
Sarah Sharpe: “Thought it was another earthquake at first, strangest thunder I’ve ever heard. Seemed to go on for ever!”
Donna Richards: “It sounded like an explosion over the top of my house!”
The Met Office has said there was no storm over East Yorkshire, or other near-by counties, at the time the noise startled people from their sleep, which would seem to rule out thunder.
Dr Michael Martin-Smith of Hull and East Riding Astronomical Society has suggested that it could have been caused by a meteor, but hundreds of additional people were watching the skies Wednesday night / Thursday morning as part of the BBC Stargazers project and there have been no widespread reporting of unusual meteors.
The mystery deepens!
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