A mysterious noise similar to an explosion heard in several areas in the Gamapaha and Kurunagala districts caused panic among many people in the these areas last night.
Police and the military confirmed there had been a loud sound of an explosion and a simultaneous glow in the sky but the cause of the noise was not known at the time this edition went to press.
Police said the noise had been heard in Gampaha, Bingririya, Pannala and Kuliyapitiya police divisions and they had sent out teams to investigate. The army last night ruled out the possibility of the noise being a sonic boom from a jet aircraft. The Media Centre for National Security said the police were checking on the noise.
Meanwhile there were also reports that the noise and the light could be from a falling meteorite of some magnitude. When contacted the Met department said it was a possibility.