Meteor on dashcam footage could be cause of ‘sonic boom’

A ‘meteor’ caught on dashcam footage is being speculated as the cause of the loud ‘sonic boom’ across parts of Somerset yesterday.

The blast was heard at around 3pm yesterday (March 20) – around the same time the mystery white flying object was seen hurtling through the sky over Jersey.

Driver Ian Dryhurst sent footage to The Mirror of the white streak flying above the road which he speculates caused the noise over the UK mainland.

People across Somerset were left puzzled by the noise, which even rattled windows, causing speculation across the county with the effect being witnessed in Taunton, Yeovil, Devon and Dorset.

Astronomer and science journalist Will Gater suggested a smudge over the Bristol Channel on a satellite image could indicate a meteor’s presence.

It comes after a chunk of space rock landed in Gloucestershire at the end of last month.

Will said on Twitter: “What follows is *SPECULATION*, but RE the reports of a loud sonic boom heard across the Westcountry at just before 3pm: I wonder if the bright *transitory* feature which appears at 14:50pm over the Bristol Channel in this sat image could be significant?

“That feature isn’t there in data five mins before or after. Given sound was so widely heard, the RAF have told some outlets it wasn’t their planes and there’s nothing I can see on the live BGS seismograms, there’s a part of my brain wondering if this could have been a meteor bolide?”

People across Somerset were left astounded by the sheer volume of the noise.

Chris Topp wrote on Somerset Live’s Facebook page: “Haven’t heard a sonic boom like that for years, remember Concorde Sonic Boom. This was much louder, I was in the Garden, made me jump, I felt the pressure wave as well.”

Sherri Smith said it sounded “more like an earthquake”.

She said: “Heard and felt the vibrations in Taunton. The shed I was in rattled. It felt more like an earthquake as the vibrations carried on for about 15 seconds.”

Janet Stone said: “Front door rattled for some ten seconds at least.”

See our live blog on all the updates on the ‘sonic boom’ reaction here.

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