What was that noise? Wellington residents baffled by loud, late-night bang

Wadestown residents are at a loss to explain a protracted rumbling boom that woke many of them in the middle of the ...
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Wadestown residents are at a loss to explain a protracted rumbling boom that woke many of them in the middle of the night. It seemed to come from nearby Ngaio Gorge, pictured.

Slumbering Wellington residents were startled awake early on Tuesday by an almighty noise that sounded to some like a house sliding down a hill.

Just after midnight, Wadestown resident Turei Reedy said he and his wife were woken by "a huge, huge noise and we thought, what the hell?"

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Reedy's house sits above Ngaio Gorge, a steep, rugged area of bush, train tracks and an industrial area featuring large silos. 

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Neighbours gathered in their nightwear on balconies and huddled in doorways after hearing the drawn-out rumbling, which Reedy said sounded like a house going down a hill, or a petrol tanker blowing up.

Another Wadestown resident, who lives in a pole house, said the sound ripped through the night so loudly it seemed to shake the house. She suspected it could have been a tree toppling. 

Authorities are also baffled. A KiwiRail spokeswoman said it was not train-related, while Wellington Region Emergency Management Office emergency management advisor Kerry McSaveney confirmed there was a 111 call made about a loud bang made at 12.09am but there was no action or any further information from the Fire Service. 

McSaveney said she was "pretty sure if anything had blown up or collapsed, the Fire Service would have been on it."

 

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