Viewers have been left in hysterics after a beach “crater” thought to have been caused by a “cosmic event” turned out to be a simple hole dug with a bucket and spade.
The sizeable hole at Portmarnock beach in Ireland left people scratching their heads when it was spotted and Virgin News Media did an entire segment on it, chatting to people passing by and interviewing a man who was one of those convinced it had been created by a meteor.
Dave Kennedy, a local astrophysics enthusiast, told the reporter he was positive he was looking at “an impact site”.
The crater contained a large rock and Kennedy was sure it had come from above.
#WATCH A mysterious hole on a beach has caused a stir in North Dublin.
A local astronomy enthusiast is hoping the crater in Portmarnock, could be the aftermath of a cosmic event. @Hanelizaa reports ⤵️#VMNews pic.twitter.com/cGJiyd3eZj
— Virgin Media News (@VirginMediaNews) September 13, 2023
“There’s a scorch mark on the side here so that would have been the angle it came down,” he said.
Things took a seriously funny turn when someone shared a clip that blew the asteroid theory out of the water, as it showed a couple of people digging the hole during a fun beach day.
“Lads I’m in bits,” wrote the person who shared the video.
“Virgin Media News is after reporting on a hole on Portmarnock beach that ‘Could be the aftermath of a cosmic event.'
"Some fellas literally dug it the day before with a kid’s shovel. The way your man was talking about the rock being an asteroid had me in tears.”
lads I’m in bits. Virgin Media news is after reporting on a hole on portmarnnock beach that ‘Could be the aftermath of a cosmic event’. Some fellas literally dug it the day before with a kid’s shovel
The way your man was talking about the rock being an asteroid had me in tears https://t.co/dNFNanF8Mn pic.twitter.com/GoTTNkcA5U
— spochadóir (@spochadoir) September 14, 2023
One person said the whole thing was “embarrassing”, and another chimed in: “LMAO!”
“Only in Ireland,” joked someone else.
“Two lads dig a hole on the beach = possible meteor strike that ends up as a story on national TV.”
Someone else remarked: “One of the most underrated parts of the Portmarnock meteorite story is that it further illustrates how much grown men love digging holes on the beach for no reason.”
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