Mysterious noise puzzles Onehunga locals
Mysterious loud bangs heard in Onehunga and Hillsborough have residents puzzled.
The noise has been described as an explosion and has been heard in the Hillsborough-Onehunga area, towards Mangere.
Police received a report of two loud bangs heard from Belfast St in Hillsborough on April 29 just before 8pm and again at 1am. The direction and source of the sound is unknown.
Residents say it’s not the first time they’ve heard it.
Kim Carter, who lives on Hillsborough Rd, says she first heard it around six weeks ago when she woke to the sound at 1am.
‘‘The first time I heard it I thought it was the green power box blowing up outside,’’ she says. ‘‘ The neighbour called police but they couldn’t work out what was.’’
Carter says she has heard the noise at least three more times and likens the sound to a sonic explosion.
She last heard it on May 1 at around 8.40pm.
‘‘To us the boom sounds like it is coming from right next door.
‘‘But the same sound has been heard over at Ambury Farm and people say it sounds like it’s right next
it door to them too.
‘‘When it goes off it’s very loud and very powerful.’’
Carter says her friend, who lives in Hoskins Ave, felt their house vibrate.
Geonet does not show any tectonic activity in the central Auckland area at the times the noise was heard.
A post on the website Neighbourly.co.nz on the subject has prompted a flood of comments.
Libby Evans posted that she hears bangs from shipping containers at Onehunga Port.
‘‘I know they work through the night there and I have been told by a local that some of the loud bangs and noises through the night are likely to be the activity at the port.’’
A spokesperson from Onehunga Port says there were no major shipping vessels that required the port’s resources between April 28 and May 1.
Steve Kirby wrote: ‘‘If it is the same sound we hear at Captain Springs Rd, it comes from the metal crusher.’’
A manager from CMA Recycling, a scrap metal dealer on Church St, says the plant is not at fault as it is not open at night.