Emergency services respond after ‘huge bang’ shakes Merseyside

The mystery behind what caused a huge bang that woke families across Merseyside yesterday morning still continues.

At around 1am, Thursday, August 27, dozens of residents across Kirkby and beyond reported they heard sounded like an "explosion" that woke them in the early hours.

A number of residents said they experienced their "lights flicker" and "windows rattle" and have since been speculating what caused the "mysterious bang."

The "massive bang" was reportedly heard across Kirkby, Fazakerley, Huyton, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley Village and more.

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So far, residents have suggested it was loud thunder, RAF activity, an explosion and noise from local recycling sites or a local substation.

And the ECHO have since been contacting numerous organisations to eliminate and narrow down what was the cause.

Merseyside Police

Yesterday morning, Merseyside Police confirmed to the ECHO that they received a call around 1am.

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They said officers carried out an extensive search of the area but nothing was found.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue

Merseyside Fire and Rescue said they had received two calls about the mysterious noise, which were recorded as a "false alarm good intent."

They said: "We sent two engines to Cottage Close, Kirkby to investigate but there was no sign of fire or explosion."

The Ministry of Defence

The ECHO originally contacted the RAF, whose contact suggested we speak to the Ministry of Defence for more information.

They said that do not know "anything that would have caused that loud bang."

National Grid

Earlier today, National Grid confirmed it has had "no reports or incidents connected to Kirkby Substation in Merseyside".

Local recycling facilities

One resident suggested that the cause of the sound of the sound may have come from recycling work taking place on Liverpool docks.

The ECHO contacted two local firms. Both confirmed the mysterious loud bang did not come from their facilities.

S.Norton Responsible Recycling said: "We do not process materials through our recycling plant during the night, owing to the restricted hours of operation imposed on our facility by the various regulatory authorities. "

EMR Liverpool Alexandra Docks said: "I can confirm that the ‘mysterious bang’ didn’t originate from our Liverpool Alexandra Docks facility.

"We had staff on site doing cleaning and maintenance work but our production facilities and heavy mobile plant were not operating."

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On a number of local Facebook groups, many residents from Kirkby and elsewhere in Merseyside, such as Knowsley Village and Fazakerley, said they also heard the mysterious noise.

Kirkby resident Lesley Parr told the ECHO: "It was heard all over Kirkby, Fazakerley, Huyton, Stockbridge Village, Knowsley Village etc.

"I'm off Ribblers Lane, we saw flashing blue lights in the close next to us so my nosy boys took a walk over with the dog.

"The firemen said they've been sent in this direction and were just waiting for an update of a location, the police said the same thing too.

"Our house vibrated with how loud it was, others said their lights flickered and the windows rattled.

"It definitely sounded like an explosion though, I wonder if it was some freaky kind of thunder?"

Did you hear the loud bang – what do you think it was? Let us know in the comments below or email jess.molyneux@reachplc.com

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