Police are investigating the circumstances following a loud explosion in or around the area of Fleming Park in Eastleigh last night which was heard as far away as North Baddesley.
Members of the public contacted police at around 10.30pm expressing their concerns after hearing the loud explosion.
A wide and extensive ground and air search was conducted by officers at locations where it was thought that the explosion had occurred, but there was no visible evidence or damage found.
It has been reported that someone may have been letting off flares or fireworks.
Chief Inspector Paul Bartolomeo said: “This was a particularly frightening experience for residents living within the central Eastleigh area and I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to find out what it was that caused such a loud explosion. We would ask whoever is responsible or anyone who may have seen or heard exactly what it was that caused the explosion to contact us.”
Officers will be conducting day time searches today, Tuesday, February 15, and providing reassurance to residents, while also appealing for information.
Rumours on social media this morning is that youths exploded a gas cylinder on Fleming Park.
If anyone has information about who is responsible, they are asked to contact Eastleigh police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity line anonymously on 0800 555 111.