Salford

Mysterious humming noise heard in the middle of the night in Salford

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 15th August 2022

Salford locals have been discussing a mysterious noise that was disturbing people in the middle of the night this weekend.

Described as a ‘pulsating low frequency noise’, the thrumming noise was caught on camera between 3am and 5am on Sunday morning.

In a video of the Salford skyline at night shared on Reddit, the repetitive humming noise can be clearly heard echoing through the streets.

The user who shared it wrote: “Anyone know what this pulsating low frequency noise could be? Heard last night from around 3-5am near Salford.”

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Theories as to the source of the noise have varied wildly, from the logical (a police helicopter or roadworks) to the insane (a pet T-Rex snoring).

Several people have asked if it could be Beetham Tower, which famously emits a loud humming noise whenever it’s windy in the city centre.

But as the weekend was scorching hot with barely a breeze, that doesn’t seem likely.

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One person said: “That’s just the government testing their new low frequency brain wave scan gadgets.”

The loud humming noise was over Salford this weekend. Credit: Pixahive

Another wrote: “Sorry we were just testing our anti gravity drive last night. Don’t worry it’ll be in space from now on, you won’t hear it.”

Someone else joked: “Hans Zimmer must be in town.”

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By far the most commonly shared opinion as to the source of the humming noise, though, is that it’s the return of the weird phenomenon known as ‘The Hum’.

Someone wrote: “Could be the mysterious ‘Hum’ heard all over the world and a lot in UK. i hear it all the time, scientists are baffled as to what it is.”

One user commented: “The hum has made its grand return.”

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The Hum is, in theory, a ‘persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people’.

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It’s been reported all over the world, including here in the UK, but no one has ever agreed on a single cause.

Instead, it’s usually pinned on to something like machinery, jet streams against power lines, or even toadfish.

But the cause of the Salford hum remains a mystery. For now…

Featured image: Universal Pictures / Unsplash