Stunning footage has captured the moment a meteor caused a gigantic sonic boom, rattling thousands of unsuspecting residents.
A meteor has “caused a sonic boom”, sparking a massive bang which was heard for miles in England’s south-west this weekend.
Hundreds in Devon, Dorset and Somerset reported hearing the mystery blast at around 3pm Saturday afternoon.
A taxi driver in Jersey filmed video of the meteor entering the atmosphere.
Footage shows the meteor disintegrating around the same time residents reported the huge sonic boom.
It has not been confirmed what caused the giant rumble, with the Ministry of Defence denying any involvement.
However, astronomer Will Gater claimed on social media that the believed the bright light could be a bolide meteor.
One man told Devon Live: “I’m from Payhembury and I just heard what sounded like a big explosion.
“It was this big bass-y boom that reverberated for a good 20 seconds or so, followed by a series of popping noises.
“I‘ve checked and people as far as Dorset also heard it.”
Somerset Live said car alarms sounded following the boom.
And some said they felt an accompanying shockwave.
A series of tweets from across Somerset and Dorset all said they heard the noise.
One person wrote: “Anyone else hear that sonic boom then? The windows of the house shook.”
Another said: “Out for a walk stood on top of a hill in Somerset, huge sonic boom, no sign or noise of a jet. RAF?”
Someone in Dorset added: “Some time after 3pm today I heard what I believed was thunder.”
Another person tweeted: “Massive bang over #Dorchester around 20 minutes ago. Any sound nerds know what it is? #Dorset.”
Hannah White told Somerset Live: “We live in Wincanton.
“Today at 2.55pm we heard a very long deep rumble and people are also reporting on Facebook that it was heard as for away as Portland and also Taunton.”
Stephen Griffiths of Watchet, Somerset, said: “I was in the greenhouse of my back garden and heard it very loudly.
“I felt the vibration of the boom through the greenhouse floor slabs and my small greenhouse shook.”
And Sherri Smith from Somerset posted on Facebook: “Heard and felt the vibrations in Taunton.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission