Bridlington residents stormed on to social media after many townsfolk were awakened by a ‘loud bang’.
Others reported car alarms activating and electricity being temporarily cut off.
Alan Wilson posted on Facebook: “The power went out at 3.40 am on Waterdale Close for a second, and set the car alarm off !” Caroline Field added: “Everyone on our street is up and I can’t go back to sleep.”Others even considered the bang could have been a result of aliens visiting the town.
The Met Office were unable to definitively identify the cause, however it was likely a phenomena known as ‘thundersnow.’
It is essentially the same as a summer thunderstorm, but the rain is frozen. If enough ice crystals build up in the storm’s cloud then a large amount of static electricity builds up.
Once enough static electricity has generated there is a discharge between the cloud and the ground - lightning.
The flash may appear brighter due to snow flakes reflecting the light, however the sound of thunder can often be muffled due to the density of the snowflakes.
However the boom seemed loud enough to wake half up half of Bridlington in this instance.