Residents in South Roscommon have been left baffled by a loud bang at approximately 11.30 p.m. on Thursday night.
A loud explosion was heard in the Hodson Bay, Hill of Berries, Barrybeg and Coosan areas of Athlone but, it seems, no explanation has been found.
Residents reported hearing what sounded like an explosion that was loud as thunder, with one person admitting that their house shook with the force of the bang.
There was no severe weather reported in the area at the time.
Relevant authorities have been informed.