Has Wellington's bump in the night mystery been solved?

What was it that woke residents of Wadestown and Ngaio early in the morning last week?

What was it that woke residents of Wadestown and Ngaio early in the morning last week?

It appears the residents of Wadestown and Ngaio may have got to the root of a mystery bang that had many thinking the worst last week.

That bang - likened, among others, to a "plane crashing" - had a good number of people in the Wellington suburbs scrambling around in their pyjamas early Tuesday morning to discover the cause and to see if anyone needed help.

For all the big disasters imagined, the noise may have far more earthly roots, though.

Might this tree have caused residents in Wadestown and Ngaio to sit upright in their beds last week?
Turei Reedy

Might this tree have caused residents in Wadestown and Ngaio to sit upright in their beds last week?

Highland Cres resident Turei Reedy said he believed he had got to bottom of the mystery and that the almighty bang was nothing more than a tree that had fallen over and rumbled down a hill.

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Reedy and his neighbours spent part of the weekend investigating, and said they found a tree lying at the bottom of a gully between his street and Oban Street.

It had split in half, and part of it had slid down the hill, taking bush with it.

"It's a medium size tree and doesn't look like it should have caused so much noise, but noise echoes in the gully," he said.

Reedy said he was glad to know it wasn't a disaster or a crashed UFO, like some residents had speculated.

At the time it had sounded to him like a "house going down a hill or a petrol tanker blowing up".

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Authorities were equally baffled by the noise. A KiwiRail spokeswoman said last week it was not train-related, while Wellington Region emergency management adviser Kerry McSaveney confirmed a 111 call was 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."

 - Stuff

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