Loud ‘boom’ may have been caused by meteor
A SUSPECTED asteroid caused panic across parts of Devon and Cornwall after a sonic boom and tremor hit residents.
People inundated police with calls saying they had experienced the bizarre phenomenon.
Officers from across the region said they received reports of people hearing loud bangs and buildings shaking from about 4:15pm on Thursday.
The British Geological Survey said it had no evidence of a tremor, but added it could have been a sonic boom from a meteor falling to earth.
Police said the calls were fairly widespread, coming in from Harrowbarrow in south east Cornwall, as well as the South Hams and Teignbridge areas of south Devon, the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor.
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