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A fuss over nothing? Britons panic-call Met Police to report ‘loud explosion’… which cops say was just a random LIGHTNING STRIKE

  • Witnesses described ‘huge flash of light’ and ‘massive bang’ in Hackney tonight 
  • Hackney police said on Twitter they have received several calls about the bang 
  • They said the noise appears to have been caused by thunder and lightning 

Terrified Britons panic-called Met Police this evening after hearing a large ‘explosion’ followed by a huge plume of smoke – which officers say was actually caused by a random lightning strike. 

The explosion could be heard in north London while witnesses described a ‘huge flash of light’ accompanied by the sound of a ‘massive’ bang in Hackney tonight.   

One resident living in nearby Clapton said her living room ‘flashed blue when it happened’ while another person in Surrey Quays said the bang was ‘way too loud to be thunder’, according to The Mirror

Meanwhile, a resident in Highbury said he heard one explosion at 5:40pm and another 10 minutes after that – similar to the first. 

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Hackney Police took to Twitter and wrote: ‘We’ve received several calls about loud bangs in the Stoke Newington area this evening.

A loud 'explosion' followed by a massive plume of smoke caused by a lightning strike had terrified Britons panic-calling Met Police this evening

A loud ‘explosion’ followed by a massive plume of smoke caused by a lightning strike had terrified Britons panic-calling Met Police this evening

‘No major incidents have been reported to us. The noise appears to have been caused by thunder and lightning.’ 

Hackney police did not clarify whether something had been struck in the storm to cause the smoke. 

Several strikes apparently took place in quick succession in Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Hampstead and Camden, according to LightningMaps.org. 

Hackney police took to Twitter this evening to say they have received several calls about loud bangs in the Stoke Newington area this evening. They added that no major incidents have been reported to them and the noise appears to have been caused by thunder and lightning

Hackney police took to Twitter this evening to say they have received several calls about loud bangs in the Stoke Newington area this evening. They added that no major incidents have been reported to them and the noise appears to have been caused by thunder and lightning 

Speaking to MyLondon, Matthew McEvoy said: ‘The huge bang heard was also heard by me over in Surrey Quays. It was way too loud to be thunder.’

Meanwhile, Jo Brodie tweeted: ‘Impressive lightning…Seen from my window in Blackheath, where we now have torrential rain.’

Barnaby Slater said: ‘Huge flash of light followed by sound of massive explosion and plume of smoke in North London.’ 

Another person, Aubrey Whitfield said: ‘Two huge flashes of light in London and loud bangs. Explosion? Heard in Hackney. Hope everyone is safe.’   

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: ‘Firefighters carried out an extensive search of the local area after reports of an explosion on Belfast Road in Hackney.

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‘They found no signs of smoke or fire.’

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