BPS & BFRS Investigate Reports Of ‘Explosion’

May 2, 2016

[Updated] We are receiving unofficial reports of what sounded like some form of loud ‘bang’ in the west end a few minutes ago this evening [May 2], and police have confirmed they have “received several reports of a loud bang in the west end of the island” and said “at present police are trying to locate the origins of the event.”

Further details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

Update 10.22pm: A police spokesperson said, “At approximately 9:40pm Monday 2nd May 2016, Police received numerous calls via our emergency system regarding a loud explosion.

“Many stated their homes shook as a result of the explosion. The callers who reported hearing this loud explosion reside in the areas of: East Shore Road, Honeysuckle Lane, Beacon Hill Road, Mangrove Bay Road, Sandys Parish.

“Police have now started the process of trying to ascertain the origins of the explosion. Anyone that can assist with any information is asked to contact police on 295-0011.”

Update 11.03pm: The BFRS said, “At 9:58 pm on Monday, May 2, 2016, the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS] responded to a report of a loud sound resembling that of an explosion near the Watford Bridge area, which drew out the residents in the surrounding neighbourhood. One caller reported hearing the loud sound and feeling the walls to the house shake.”

Fire Service spokesperson, Sergeant Jamal Albuoy said, “BFRS responded to the incident with an appliance from Port Royal Station with a total of 4 personnel. On our arrival to the vicinity, an investigation was conducted, but no smoke or fire was discovered.

“At 10:37pm a subsequent call to our Dispatch reported a strong smell of gas around the Morgan’s Point area. As a result, our western appliance is currently responding and will conduct a further investigation.”

While we can see some emergency personnel in the west end, we haven’t seen anything unusual ourselves, but continue to travel through the area while we await official information.

Update 11.31pm: Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines confirmed that as of this time, emergency personnel have not found the origins of the bang/explosion that has been reported, and said they “will continue to look throughout the night and in the morning.”

Meanwhile, the BFRS said “an investigation was conducted of the Morgan’s Point area; however, nothing was discovered and our appliance has returned back to the station.”

We have also reached out to other entities who may possibly be able to provide information and will update as able, but suspect we may not have any formative information through the night, however as soon as we have any confirmed information we will update.

Update 7.14am: We just checked with police again, and do not have any official confirmation of what it was yet. We are continuing to try and find out.

Update 9.19am: We are still seeking official confirmation of the cause. We checked with a few entities, and have heard back from some and we are now waiting to hear back from airport/transport officials. As some readers have noted, a somewhat similar thing occurred in the UK a few hours ago, with an aircraft reported to have been the cause.

Update 12.57pm: Airport officials told Bernews that “there was no aircraft activity at that time that could have contributed to the noise in question.”

We also checked with other entities — such as BELCO, BIOS and the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre — to see if they perhaps had any knowledge of what may have caused the noise, and they also were not aware.

We are continuing to ask around and will update as able.

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    One of the MPs for the area had a thought.

    • Sophia says:

      Hi hope we get an update soon

      • sage says:

        Don’t hold your breath, what caused the three prior unexplained explosions ( Ariel Sands, Palmetto road and Warwick Academy) ? Please provide the authorities with information so they can keep it secret.

        • History is Fum says:

          we had explanations for each of these, twerp, open your darn ears and eyes

    • Rhonda says:

      Now that’s funny

    • Open door policy.

    • Dockyard Lackey says:

      It’s called a brain fart.

  2. BDA Runner says:

    The PLP and OBA agreed to form one party and fight for All of Bermuda. In all seriousness, hope no one was injured.

  3. Dangel says:

    Seawall Drive Sandys as well

  4. spoons says:

    “The Ballad of Barry and Freda”, perhaps?


  5. Wally Sittur says:

    Just heard an earth shattering kaboom in Devonshire but it was just my girl farting.

    • HarryTuttle says:

      It was an illudiun Q38 explosive space modulator..

      Seriously hope no one was hurt.

  6. jo jo says:

    wally sittir is a pure pig has NO BRAIN MATTER whatso EVER To be so consumed and thinking himself so clever to type such BULL **** my sympathy to his parents

    • Wally Sittur says:

      Jo Jo’s parents clearly forgot the importance of teaching lil angry Jo Jo how to have a sense of humor. I’m sorry you were born without a funny bone. Please see below for the intention of my original post.

      a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline.

      synonyms: funny story, jest, witticism, quip;

    • Settle down... says:

      Funny, this comment offended you yet the very first comment on this article about an MP having a thought didn’t? Both were clearly jokes and if you’ve read some comments on people’s Facebooks you would see more ridiculous speculation such as alien attacks. Personally after a bit of broccoli I think the fart theory is far more likely than an alien attack, but that’s just me…

    • Ras says:

      Why don’t you just dump him if that’s how you feel?

  7. Public says:

    It was a really loud bang. Actually shook my house. The fact that the source can’t be located is definitely strange. Wonder if it was a military plane going supersonic.

    • Seriously says:

      That’s what I said but u never know what they cud be testing I’ve even herd of shooting star’s that have made it through the atmosphere can cause a sonic boom

    • WTH says:

      There was a fighter jet at the airport

      • WTH says:

        LOL what is there to dislike… I was talking about a sonic boom

    • George Jones says:

      That’s your answer.

    • Kathy says:

      Sometimes the US Navy conducts tests in the vicinity of Bermuda (i.e. submarine shoots rocket into sky and then detonates it before it lands on any ground). Evidence could now be at the bottom of the ocean. This is not the first time and I have witnessed one of these episodes in the past first hand.

  8. BermyBoy says:

    Maybe the volcano is waking back up lol who knows

  9. choices says:

    We are on top of a volcano and it can erupt anytime…maybe its a warning

  10. Charlie says:

    Any volcanologists in the audience?

  11. Second says:

    Somerset Road, Cambridge Road areas shook. Seemed like it was over the water in the vicinity of Long Bay and Daniel’s Head. Hope we find an answer soon.

  12. Lualaba says:

    illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator finally worked!!!

  13. Rocky Noggin says:

    It is seriously NOT the volcano which last erupted 35000000 yrs ago

    • Charlie says:

      ….and sonic booms generally don’t leave a smell.

  14. Eyes fulla says:

    American and British military have known for decades that the Atlantic Ocean around Bermuda is a ufo hotspot. Theory says there are logically bases underwater. I have personally seen many craft flying in and out of the water at great speed, with crazy coloured lights pulsating etc right offshore. I wont give any more details because once everyone starts looking for them and starts seeing them, it may cause a problem in some way best not thinking about. If this was military based, the explosion, we would have been given this explanation for our own safety and regard. We now know this was not military, and not a home xplosion because nobody called the firedepartment or police saying their house blew up. No businesses reported as of yet. So far, a mystery……..

    • yeah,right says:

      “I have personally seen many craft flying in and out of the water at great speed, with crazy coloured lights pulsating etc right offshore”

      Leave the LSD alone, my friend….

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Actually , in all seriousness , about 10 years ago there was a very strange occurrence off of North Shore that involved many lights that were green , red and white/yellow very close to the water and the land. It was witnessed by many motorists and reported in the news .

        As for this incident , I feel that if it was the result of a man made incident on shore there certainly ought to be some pretty visible evidence in plain sight .

        That’s why I’m going with an exploding meteorite ( I have seen them explode before) although surely someone must have been sitting outside somewhere to see it .

        A slightly further fetched theory is old military ordnance submerged off of the West Side area that suddenly went ka-bang , but that’s pretty way out there considering how well known the area is to divers .

  15. Eyes fulla says:

    I saw a massive craft self-detonate into three massive fireballs above Devonshire appartments years ago, it was a huge silver cigar shaped craft with coloured lights, crashing towards earth at insane speed. just as it got a few hundred feet above the island itself, it self-detonated in three times explosions, and i saw three huge fireballs and all this glittery debris just evaporate away and vanish in seconds, like some amazing controlled self-destruction. It came so close to hitting our island. long story short i called the airport to rweport the danger and the bermudian guy put me on hold and a british military man took over the phone and tried convincing me i saw a meteor and that they are common. What a joke, come on really? Meteors? it almost blew up a whole parish or worse! perhaps this is something like the mystery explosion we heard the other day here, and we can be assured that once again we will get the runaround from officials on the explanation.

    • serengeti says:

      It absolutely must have been aliens. There is no other logical explanation.
      We need to wear tin hats too, otherwise they can read our minds and hypnotise us.

  16. Pepe says:

    This week on X-files..

  17. Terry says:

    It was all those people farting on the Anthem of the Seas…………………..
    They had to call Willy to add extra shore lines…………….

  18. Mr. B says:

    maybe a meteor or something like that? id say check the port cam at dockyard but that gigantic ship would block any view of that area of somerset…

  19. 235 says:

    Anthem of the Seas engine start

  20. Mrs Green says:


    Anything like these?

  21. Believe me, I saw that UFO with my own three eyes, I see them like once a month. After the boom, I ran outside, and I saw it leave. We have to alert the military before they attack.

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