Tuesday, 21 Mar 2023

Mystery explosion heard across Midlands as hundreds report huge sound

Leicester residents have been left baffled people across the city report a mysterious explosion – with one saying it “rocked the house”.

The sudden boom has been reported from North Leicester, Northampton, and North Oxfordshire, where a person described it as a “massive bang”. Reports have also come from Banbury, Bicester and Oxford.

Some have suggested it may have been the result of a sonic boom – when an object moves faster than the speed of sound. 

It is not yet known what caused the freak event.

Another witness reported on social media that it made the “town centre shop windows rattle”.

Miles Pulsford, who lives in Leicester, said the loud noise just before 12.10pm today “shook the house” and sounded “like a bomb had gone off”.

He told the Mirror: “I looked outside and saw loads of birds flying around the trees. A passerby also said she heard it, and her dog jumped.”

Stacy Brookfield, who lives in Woodford Halse, Northamptonshire, added to the outlet that that she felt the explosion and it made her “jump” from her chair.

Courtney North, 25, said her whole flat in Stocking Farm, Leicester, shook after the explosion, as did Barry Edwards, from North Leicestershire.

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