Millions of Indians were rattled by a loud boom that shook their city Wednesday — one that baffled even local cops and emergency officials.
The boom was heard across the nation’s tech-capital city of Bengaluru — which has a population of more than 8 million — at about 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, with video capturing it soon going viral.
But despite being so loud and clear, the source of the sound baffled authorities — with police and local natural disaster experts launching investigations while admitting they were equally as clueless.
“The activity reported in Bengaluru is not due to an Earthquake,” the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre stressed in a tweet, saying the “Seismometers did not capture any Ground Vibration.”
“The activity is purely a loud unknown noise,” the experts said.
Local police also told The Times of India that there had been no reports of explosions or damaged buildings.
Officers were checking with air officials to see if a passing jet could have caused a sonic boom — with no known reports initially coming through, local media says. A former Air Force officials told the paper that if it was a sonic boom from a jet going supersonic “it would be by mistake.”
While the city is more than 1,000 miles from where a cyclone struck Wednesday near the border with Bangladesh, some predicted it could be linked, with the boom possibly the result of a vacuum created by the passing cyclonic air, The Times of India said.
While experts awaited a final answer, the noise sparked a confirmed explosion — in memes on social media.
“UFO.? After all its 2020. Nothing is Normal for this Year :)” Sharma ji theorized of the historic year where coronavirus changed everything.
Other users ran with the same theory, posting memes from “ET” and asking, “Who’s up for helping the alien who crashed today?”
However, another Twitter user replied, “In case you didn’t know, UFOs make no sound while they fly. ”
Some put it down to the coronavirus, either finally causing the world to explode — or, as Prakash Mishra tweeted, having “collaborated with other natural calamities, in order to get people out of their houses.”
Others noted the city’s status as one of India’s tech capitals.
“Was that the sound of IT bubble burst??” Raj Jubin joked.
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