Mys­te­ri­ous noise puzzles One­hunga lo­cals

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

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 Neigh­ 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.

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