‘Sonic boom’ which caused houses and windows to shake was ’caused by meteor’

A mystery "sonic boom" heard over England is believed to have been caused by a meteor.

Residents across the south west said the huge bang caused their windows and houses to shake on Saturday afternoon.

Experts now say they believe it was caused by a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrating.

A taxi driver in Jersey captured the spectacle streaking across the sky at about 3pm, showing a white streak moving through the sky.

Dashcam footage from Ian Dryhurst caught the strange object, showing a flash of white light in the sky.

At the same time, people living across Dorset, Devon, Somerset and other surrounding areas reported hearing the "sonic boom".

Jersey’s harbourmaster said following inspection that he was satisfied it was a meteor, according to ITV.

The RAF said it had not caused the noise.

Astronomer Will Gater said he believes it was a meteor.

He tweeted: “People across the West country can go to bed tonight knowing that the sound they experienced this afternoon was almost certainly the rumble from a chunk of space rock smashing into our atmosphere.”

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BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson said the noise a result of "almost certainly this meteor".

NASA estimates around 48.5 tons of meteoritic material falls on the Earth every day.

One resident had reported hearing a "huge bang", adding: "House was shaking.”

Liam Thomas told Devon Live: “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.”

Police in Dorset said there was no evidence that anything had gone bang either on land or aboard a boat at sea.

The noise led to speculation it may have been a shock wave from an explosion or supersonic aircraft.

The British Geological Survey (BGS) posted on Twitter: “Probable sonic event: Somerset, Devon and Dorset.

"BGS has no evidence of any seismic event in the area at the approximate time of 15:00 today.

“However, the descriptions provided by members of the public are consistent with those typically experienced by a sonic boom.”

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