Mysterious bang after midnight sparks 999 calls

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A HUGE bang in Waterlooville that could be heard as far away as Southsea sparked a flurry of 999 calls to police.

Hampshire Constabulary says it received several calls about a bang at about 12.35am yesterday.

It was so loud it woke some people up.

People have said it could be heard in Havant, Rowlands Castle, Hayling Island, Drayton and even as far away as Southsea.

Messages were posted on Hampshire Constabulary’s Facebook page from across the area.

Tanya Hall, 40, of Springwood Avenue, Waterlooville, said the noise took her breath away.

Mrs Hall, who used to run Springwood Community Centre, was looking for jobs on the internet when she was startled by the bang.

She said: ‘It was so big. It sounded like a gunshot right outside my front door.

‘Everyone said it sounded exactly the same wherever they were.

‘People said their houses actually shook.

‘I phoned the police straight away as I thought it was a gunshot outside.

‘Police came up and down the road straight away.’

Dan Everett, from Drayton, tweeted The News to say: ‘From here it sounded like the cat jumping on the conservatory roof, just louder and it reverberated more.’

Dean Richardson tweeted: ‘I thought it was a firework going off.’

Penny Wilkinson wrote on Facebook: ‘I heard a big loud explosion. I’m in Waterlooville and people in Hayling and Havant heard it too.

‘I hope no-one has got hurt.’

Jane Sheehan, from Portsmouth, said her house shook.

People were also speculating it could have been a gas bottle thrown on to a bonfire.

Hampshire police received several 999 calls from 12.37am about reports of a bang.

It sent officers to carry out an area search on the ground – but nothing was found.

Police spokeswoman Julie Knight said several calls reported a bright light in the sky.

She said it could possibly have been a firework.

She said: ‘It was a loud bang.

‘Police investigated but nothing suspicious was found.’ She said the police would not be investigating the incident any further.