Mystery Boom Puzzles Norfolk

A mysterious burst of sonic energy erupted over Norfolk on the night of August 10th causing some of those startled awake to wonder what could be going on outside.  Pets reportedly started howling in response to the sudden mysterious burst while citizens got up and checked outside only to see a clear summer sky with no sign of lightning.  Geologists the next morning checked sensors to see if an Earthquake had been responsible, but found no evidence indicating seismic activity.  And the RAF has likewise distanced itself from responsibility, saying aircraft from the nearby base were out on an exercise at the time of the event.  So what was it, then?

Experts are suggesting that the event could have been caused by a meteorite entering Earth’s atmosphere at tremendous speed and streaking to the ground.  While the impact itself would not necessarily have been large enough to cause a seismic event, the speed of the object traveling could have been fast enough to create a cannon-like boom above the city simply by the speed of the object from space.  If this were the case, then there may be an explanation by witnesses who reported seeing a strange golden streak enter the atmosphere from the sky and then fade as it struck the ground leaving a tail behind it of fiery material.

But it would have had enough energy to significantly alter the environment around it the way it did on Tuesday Morning in Norfolk, sending air out of its way in speeds fast enough to create a rippling boom which shook windows, set off car alarms, woke people and animals, and set off an early morning of confusion.

Because the surface of our planet is overwhelmingly water, and even now human settlements make up only a tiny fraction of the planet’s total area, the idea of a meteorite being spotted so near a heavily populated area is strikingly small, but not unheard of.  Nonetheless, the proximity of the meteorite has caused more than a few to speculate that maybe it wasn’t completely natural.

Some have even speculated that it may have been a flying saucer or other UFO of unknown origin could have caused the mysterious sound, while others suggest the RAF or other military could have been testing a spy vehicle designed to move at speeds faster than can be tracked by the human eye – effectively being long gone by the time any evidence of its presence is observed on the ground.  As with many other incidents which often remain unsolved, such as this one, speculation is often the best thing we can hope for until the official statement by the RAF is updated or a scientific inquiry is made.

But if it was a meteorite, that too may be worth looking into.  Much of what we know of the space around us comes from meteorites that have been caught in the Earth’s gravity well and impact with it.  In space these objects are often moving too fast to be caught effectively or are too small to even be spotted by passing satellites.