A loud boom in the south of England was likely caused by a meteor, experts have said.
The footage captured what appeared to be brilliant white light sweeping across the sky in the Channel Islands while a boom could be heard in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and other southern counties.
Residents said they heard the loud bang just before 3 p.m. on Saturday – loud enough to shake houses and set off car alarm reports DevonLive – Houses shook and car alarms went off with some reports.
The boom was also reported in northern France.
The RAF says the noise wasn’t caused by a jet plane, and the British Geological Survey says it wasn’t an earthquake.
Mike Foster, of Weymouth, told the Dorset Echo: “I originally thought it was an old war ordinance that was shattered, but there were definitely two booms and I was aware that the sound did not stop for almost 30 seconds – which NOT sounded like one. ” Detonation.
“When I was outside I didn’t feel shaken or anything – so I guess it was acoustic rather than seismic.”
Simon Proud, a physicist at Oxford University, said the meteor was even captured as lightning on a weather satellite image over Minehead.
Science writer Will Gater told DevonLive, “I’m not 100% sure it’s a meteor as you can never be sure, but looking at the evidence strongly suggests it is is a meteorite. “