Sonic boom

A mystery sonic boom sound has disturbed residents in Dorset, it has been reported.

Hundreds of people took to social media to report what they thought was an explosion. 

It is thought that the sonic boom was caused by a meteor, known as a daytime fireball.

Residents have since been urged to keep an eye out and report any fallen fragments of the space rock.

The strange sounds have caused many residents to speculate on what could have caused the sounds.

Julian Thomas, who heard the blast, said in an interview with The Mirror newspaper: “My wife and I both heard the boom earlier this afternoon at our home just north of Bridport, Dorset.

“My impression is that there were two distinct booms, separated by maybe a second, and one was longer than the other, but I can’t recall which.

“There was some duller muffled deep sound afterwards for maybe two or three seconds which I took to be the sound of a jet engine going hard, as if a fighter aircraft were pulling up after a dive which had gone supersonic.”

Another resident said: “Out for a walk stood on top of a hill in Somerset, huge sonic boom, no sign or noise of a jet. RAF?”

Richard Kacerek, from the UK Meteor Observation Network of amateur astronomers, said only the brightest “bolide class” meteor could produce a rare “daytime fireball”.

He added that the one seen on Saturday would have needed to be “very large” to be visible during the day.

The Ministry of Defence also said the “massive bang” was not linked to any RAF aircraft.

However, this is not the first time in recent months that meteorites have been seen in the UK.

In February, a meteor flying across the sky at night was caught on lots of doorbell cameras across the UK.

At the time, several rocky fragments were recovered from the fireball – they came down in the Winchcombe area of Gloucestershire.

Because it happened at night cameras were able to record the rock coming through the atmosphere creating a huge fireball in the process.

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