Strange sound in Swansea ceased

In September 2015, a story about a mystery noise disturbing Swansea, Wales made the rounds. The siren-like noise was waking people up at night but also was heard during the day prompting a cluster of complains and the Swansea Council to investigate. They could not find a source for the sound that some have said has been going on and off for over a year. People report that it was coming from different directions or from an array of sources such as factories or trains. This could be due to the topography of the area reflecting sounds.

View from Townhill

View from Townhill

“Everyone around here has heard it around dawn and into the early morning. It sounds just like a siren you hear in the war films.” Debbie Leyshon

The popular paranormal speculation was that it is the ghost of the air raid sirens. The city of Townhill was heavily bombed by Germany in the 1941 Swansea Blitz. Hundreds were killed and injured and huge fires resulted. This type of “ghostly” headline is great for tabloids like the Daily Mail but the local outlets picked up the theme as well.

You can hear the noise in the video which is identified as the mystery sound reported. It is bi-tonal, like an alarm or the sound of drilling or machinery, but at the end you can hear a different squeak. What it does not sound like in this video is an air raid siren, or another other kind of warning siren.

Some mystery mongering sites are relating it to the spate of “strange sounds” that we have reported on since 2011. But this one clearly is not of the  “trumpets of the apocalypse” type.

This week, the noise suddenly stopped. This has made the council happy but the source of the noise was never pinpointed. Odd, but suggestive that it was some sort of construction project or a temporary situation. However, the world is a noisy place.

Media outlets suggesting the noises are paranormal or related to End Times will get attention, but there is no rational reason to believe anything of the sort is happening. It’s just us.

More on strange sounds:

Early morning strange sound recorded in St. Paul

Metallic sounds in BC town freak people out (UPDATE: Horn of Gondor, etc.)

Strange sound in U.K. explained; hum in Calgary area continues

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

Sounds from the sky: Reflections on historical observations and recent events

Strange sounds in the sky NOT explained by scientists

  3 comments for “Strange sound in Swansea ceased

  1. Ben
    November 3, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    The american military has a device that consists of several microphones mounted to a humvee that listens for and gives a direction for incoming fire. How hard could it be for a town council, or whatever governing body they have, to setup 3 mics around the town and simply triangulate the origin of the sound?

  2. Blargh
    November 3, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    That is something that has been bothering me; nobody ever seems to try to capture recurring noises like these on anything better than a camera phone. You can get a field recorder with perfectly serviceable condenser microphones and amps and 96 kHz/24-bit recording for under a hundred quid – and if you ask around among amateur filmmakers and musicians you’re almost guaranteed to find one you can borrow.

    I know that if some strange noise was keeping me up night after night I would put some effort into trying to find out what it was.

  3. Gareth
    November 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    I live in Swansea and this is the first I’ve heard of this.

    And by the way there is no city of Townhill, it’s just a district in the city of Swansea.

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