Meteor caused huge sonic boom over England which shook homes and set off car alarms

A meteor caused the mystery ‘sonic boom’ that was felt across South West England this afternoon, astronomers believe, and it was caught on camera streaking across the sky.

A taxi driver in Jersey caught the meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrating at the same time as residents took to social media after hearing the blast and feeling an accompanying shockwave at around 3pm today.

Astronomer Will Gater confirmed on social media this evening that he believes the bright light seen in the skies this afternoon was in fact a bolide meteor.   

Liam Thomas told Devon Live: ‘I’m from Payhembury and I just heard what sounded like a big explosion. 

‘It was this big bass-y boom that reverberated for a good 20 seconds or so, followed by a series of popping noises.

‘I’ve checked and people as far as Dorset also heard it.’   

Stephen Griffiths, from Somerset said he felt the vibration ‘boom’ through his greenhouse.