Loud thunder clap gives residents early wake-up call

Bournemouth Echo: A thunder and lightning storm over Bournemouth and Poole woke residents on Sunday morning and also brought heavy rain. File photo. A thunder and lightning storm over Bournemouth and Poole woke residents on Sunday morning and also brought heavy rain. File photo.

SCORES of Bournemouth and Poole residents reported an “explosion” around 6am today.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service took a number of calls, including alarms being set off, following the noise, which they confirmed was a loud thunder storm over the area.

One resident, who was woken by the thunder clap, said: “I was sure it was an explosion. I’ve never heard thunder that loud before.”

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11:00am Sun 22 Dec 13

Aviewoneverything says...

What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder?
What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder? Aviewoneverything

11:07am Sun 22 Dec 13

Alumchiner says...

wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep
wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep Alumchiner

12:04pm Sun 22 Dec 13

testpilot4321 says...

It must have been close to the town centre, I live up at the Triangle and it was the loudest thunder clap I have ever heard, shook the house!
It must have been close to the town centre, I live up at the Triangle and it was the loudest thunder clap I have ever heard, shook the house! testpilot4321

12:07pm Sun 22 Dec 13

sprintervanman says...

Having the 3 Children come running in and diving into the bed had the Wife and I thinking it was Christmas Morning already :-)
Having the 3 Children come running in and diving into the bed had the Wife and I thinking it was Christmas Morning already :-) sprintervanman

1:04pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Graham Rees says...

I live within 200 yards of Horseshoe Common. I was startled by it, at just after 6am today. The flash was very shortly before the loudest clap of thunder I have ever heard in my short life of 67 years. Probably 1/2 second?? About 200 yards away. Give or take time estimate. I wonder what damage was done, if any?
I live within 200 yards of Horseshoe Common. I was startled by it, at just after 6am today. The flash was very shortly before the loudest clap of thunder I have ever heard in my short life of 67 years. Probably 1/2 second?? About 200 yards away. Give or take time estimate. I wonder what damage was done, if any? Graham Rees

1:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

iseestupidpeople says...

We live in the town centre too and have never heard anything like it before. We thought it was an explosion too until we heard another runble a few minutes later. .
We live in the town centre too and have never heard anything like it before. We thought it was an explosion too until we heard another runble a few minutes later. . iseestupidpeople

1:29pm Sun 22 Dec 13

madras says...

i went to bed the night before with a young lady I met in a bar and wasn't sure what was wrong in the morning - so thank you, Echo, for confirming I woke up with the clap...
i went to bed the night before with a young lady I met in a bar and wasn't sure what was wrong in the morning - so thank you, Echo, for confirming I woke up with the clap... madras

1:52pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Chardonnaychar says...

This story is the reason I love local newspapers.

Just... Too brilliant.


Why it isn't international news is mystifying. Thank you so much for this story.
This story is the reason I love local newspapers. Just... Too brilliant. Why it isn't international news is mystifying. Thank you so much for this story. Chardonnaychar

3:21pm Sun 22 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

George If you knew hell was a science progression poster, you might have behaved a little better
thought he had come for you
bet it scared the S*** out of you
George If you knew hell was a science progression poster, you might have behaved a little better thought he had come for you bet it scared the S*** out of you nickynoodah

4:40pm Sun 22 Dec 13

PokesdownMark says...

Aviewoneverything wrote:
What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder?
I gave you a thumbs up. But I have twice been very close to a thunder strike and it does sound very different to normal thunder. It properly scares the wotsit out of you believe me. Still no reason to ring 999.
[quote][p][bold]Aviewoneverything[/bold] wrote: What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder?[/p][/quote]I gave you a thumbs up. But I have twice been very close to a thunder strike and it does sound very different to normal thunder. It properly scares the wotsit out of you believe me. Still no reason to ring 999. PokesdownMark

7:00pm Sun 22 Dec 13

BBOTN says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Aviewoneverything wrote:
What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder?
I gave you a thumbs up. But I have twice been very close to a thunder strike and it does sound very different to normal thunder. It properly scares the wotsit out of you believe me. Still no reason to ring 999.
Agreed - the thunder produced by a very close lightning strike is just one big, very loud, bang. If you were asleep and didn't know there was a thunderstorm you could be forgiven for thinking a gas boiler or even a bomb had exploded.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aviewoneverything[/bold] wrote: What moron rings 999 because they heard thunder?[/p][/quote]I gave you a thumbs up. But I have twice been very close to a thunder strike and it does sound very different to normal thunder. It properly scares the wotsit out of you believe me. Still no reason to ring 999.[/p][/quote]Agreed - the thunder produced by a very close lightning strike is just one big, very loud, bang. If you were asleep and didn't know there was a thunderstorm you could be forgiven for thinking a gas boiler or even a bomb had exploded. BBOTN

7:44pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Abc1970 says...

Alumchiner wrote:
wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep
He's only stating a fact!
[quote][p][bold]Alumchiner[/bold] wrote: wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep[/p][/quote]He's only stating a fact! Abc1970

8:17pm Sun 22 Dec 13

MrsMyself says...

I did not ring 999 but it was not like thunder, it had a metallic edge to it, I was sure the war of the world is upon us when i heard it and was horrified for an hour afterwards. But Chardonnaychar 's comment just cracked me up, you are right, man LOL.
I did not ring 999 but it was not like thunder, it had a metallic edge to it, I was sure the war of the world is upon us when i heard it and was horrified for an hour afterwards. But Chardonnaychar 's comment just cracked me up, you are right, man LOL. MrsMyself

8:26pm Sun 22 Dec 13

hobieben says...

The ignorance of the sterling job that our emergency services do never fails to amaze me! Does anyone truly believe that the emergency services would be dispatched to deal with a clap of thunder??

The explosion heard was a direct strike to a local hotel with over 70 guests and staff showering debris over about a 50m radius.
The ignorance of the sterling job that our emergency services do never fails to amaze me! Does anyone truly believe that the emergency services would be dispatched to deal with a clap of thunder?? The explosion heard was a direct strike to a local hotel with over 70 guests and staff showering debris over about a 50m radius. hobieben

9:52pm Sun 22 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Chardonnaychar wrote:
This story is the reason I love local newspapers.

Just... Too brilliant.


Why it isn't international news is mystifying. Thank you so much for this story.
Hey Chardonnaychar, sympathetric to your love of local papers. Local zeitgeist. I travel all over the country and I ALWAYS buy the local rag or pick up the freebie sheet. It's so comforting to know that people are upset by the wrong sequencse at traffic lights, or that some malcontent stole some cheese. If you live or visit Dorset on a regular basis I cannot help but point you to the New MIlton Advertiser - a treausre trove of the trivial and the obscure but all somehow complete and neat. What a paper. Even the classified read like somehtying out of the 1950s, Huge enjoyment for 50p. Plus your hands get dirty from the ink!
[quote][p][bold]Chardonnaychar[/bold] wrote: This story is the reason I love local newspapers. Just... Too brilliant. Why it isn't international news is mystifying. Thank you so much for this story.[/p][/quote]Hey Chardonnaychar, sympathetric to your love of local papers. Local zeitgeist. I travel all over the country and I ALWAYS buy the local rag or pick up the freebie sheet. It's so comforting to know that people are upset by the wrong sequencse at traffic lights, or that some malcontent stole some cheese. If you live or visit Dorset on a regular basis I cannot help but point you to the New MIlton Advertiser - a treausre trove of the trivial and the obscure but all somehow complete and neat. What a paper. Even the classified read like somehtying out of the 1950s, Huge enjoyment for 50p. Plus your hands get dirty from the ink! whataboutthat

6:55am Mon 23 Dec 13

rusty james says...

I don't think the fire brigade have long enough ladders to deal with a thunder clap.
I don't think the fire brigade have long enough ladders to deal with a thunder clap. rusty james

8:13am Mon 23 Dec 13

MTCD91 says...

Was just finishing my night shift at Asda Castlepoint at the time, all the staff in store went "WOAH"
Was just finishing my night shift at Asda Castlepoint at the time, all the staff in store went "WOAH" MTCD91

8:20am Mon 23 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

why has comments re fireman been removed
why has comments re fireman been removed pete woodley

8:28am Mon 23 Dec 13

nuttievicki says...

I was riding to work never peddled so fast in my life lol
I was riding to work never peddled so fast in my life lol nuttievicki

12:56pm Mon 23 Dec 13

jaysun says...

Abc1970 wrote:
Alumchiner wrote:
wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep
He's only stating a fact!
Well he/she should get the facts right before making unfounded accusations.
[quote][p][bold]Abc1970[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alumchiner[/bold] wrote: wake the firemen up, they get paid to sleep[/p][/quote]He's only stating a fact![/p][/quote]Well he/she should get the facts right before making unfounded accusations. jaysun

3:30pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Pants88 says...

I have never heard anything like it, the loudest thing I have experienced! I live in Westbourne and legitimately thought for a few seconds there had been an explosion!
I have never heard anything like it, the loudest thing I have experienced! I live in Westbourne and legitimately thought for a few seconds there had been an explosion! Pants88

7:31pm Mon 23 Dec 13

jaffacakesarebangin says...

that was actually mental, i was walking up Windham road from work between 5.30-5.50 A.M and as i turned round a corner it was as if someone had just turned on a bright powerful light in the sky for a split second, and it definitely didn't look like lighting, it was like doing the day time cheat on gta loool, when i actually got home i was sat in my living room for about 10 or 15 minutes then BANG!! this crazy explosive sound unlike any thunder iv'e ever heard echoed through my house and my head..for a moment i thought it was the end of the world lol..just a one year and 6 hours late of 21st 2012 hahaaa.
that was actually mental, i was walking up Windham road from work between 5.30-5.50 A.M and as i turned round a corner it was as if someone had just turned on a bright powerful light in the sky for a split second, and it definitely didn't look like lighting, it was like doing the day time cheat on gta loool, when i actually got home i was sat in my living room for about 10 or 15 minutes then BANG!! this crazy explosive sound unlike any thunder iv'e ever heard echoed through my house and my head..for a moment i thought it was the end of the world lol..just a one year and 6 hours late of 21st 2012 hahaaa. jaffacakesarebangin

7:37pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Rustyfootballer says...

There was a clap of thunder. Firemen on the night shift do sleep, then they decorate your house by day! If they were not paid enough there would be a recruitment crisis.
There was a clap of thunder. Firemen on the night shift do sleep, then they decorate your house by day! If they were not paid enough there would be a recruitment crisis. Rustyfootballer

1:56pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Vikki27 says...

It woke me up in Bournemouth, but it wasn't as loud as when the lightning struck Lytchett Minster school last. Now THAT sounded like an explosion!!
It woke me up in Bournemouth, but it wasn't as loud as when the lightning struck Lytchett Minster school last. Now THAT sounded like an explosion!! Vikki27

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