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 managed to merge the 3 clips from last nights loud bangs.. Taken from croydon. You decide what you think it is.. http://t.co/cyRsqKqlna— Angie (@xxangie87xx) November 30, 2014
“I went out to look for fireworks but I couldn't see anything in the sky,” she told MailOnline. “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.
Twitter user Virtual Astronomer started the more dramatic hashtag #omgweareallgoingtodie and retweeted several mentions of the loud bangs across the UK.
OK so there really were a succession of bangs/ whoomp noises heard over parts of the UK according to some *nervous laugh*— Virtual Astronomer (@VirtualAstro) November 29, 2014
Excuse me while I head down to the bunker #omgweareallgoingtodie— Virtual Astronomer (@VirtualAstro) November 29, 2014
Virtual Astronomer's tweets generated a series of responses from several areas, including Bristol, Brighton and Staffordshire.
@VirtualAstro heard brief multiple bangs in Hemel Hempstead about an hour ago. Thought they were fireworks.— Ian Bennell (@ianbennell75) November 29, 2014
@VirtualAstro 4 maybe 5 loud bangs in Brighton. We thought massive fireworks.— Steve Evans (@stevesplan) November 29, 2014
@VirtualAstro here in staffs thought there was a firework display on somewhere. Several very loud booms close together Very odd ��— jb (@bullock_jayne) November 29, 2014
@VirtualAstro heard a few loud bangs in Clevedon near Bristol about an hour and a half ago. Just assumed it was fireworks. Sounded v close.— Vikkie Page (@VikkiePage) November 29, 2014
Gossip via @VirtualAstro re firework-like bangs heard across country hour or so ago. We heard here in manchester, assumed late fireworks.— Tim O'Brien (@Tim_O_Brien) November 29, 2014
The Metropolitan Police attributed the unexplained sounds to a fireworks display in Croydon. But at around 4.30pm in New York – evening time in the UK - people also reported hearing the bangs.
According to the New York Daily News, the sound could have been a meteorite breaking up in the atmosphere and creating a sonic boom.
The newspaper also said there had been a very small earthquake on the outskirts of New York. However people questioned why similar sounds had been heard so far apart.
#LoudBangs heard in ����and ����at the same time?! C'mon, wake up people?!— Joanne Trueman (@JoanneLouT) November 30, 2014
#LoudBangs heard across ����yet our government remain silent. Don't take us for mugs, we have a right to know and protect our families!— Joanne Trueman (@JoanneLouT) November 30, 2014
Social media users also reported the sounds across the UK on Sunday night – from North Scotland to Kent.
#loudbangs being heard again in Surrey what's going on??— Ken Lipscombe (@KenLipscombe) December 1, 2014
Very strange #loudbangs north east Scotland right now.— Daz (@truckscotland) November 30, 2014
Just had a #loudbangs in sittingbourne 5 mins ago. Anyone else?— John Roberts (@kentaccountants) November 30, 2014
Some conspiracy theorists claimed the sounds were from an ongoing spy plane project called Aurora – a name mentioned in a Pentagon budget report in the 1980s that some people believe could have related to a futuristic 8,000 mph spy jet.
All this is project aurora #loudbangs that explains sounds from east coast America to Aberdeen 8000mph secret plane— Timon (@TimonShiner) November 30, 2014
Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal, an engineering research associate from Sheffield told MailOnline he wanted to distance himself from conspiracy theories but added technology the public are not aware of is always a possibility.
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