One town experienced something straight out of a “horror movie.” During the night, sirens would play a recording of a child singing the “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” nursery rhyme completely at random, thoroughly creeping out residents in the area. While it paints an ominous picture, the cause was actually fairly innocuous.
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The sounds emanating from the sirens floated through the air in Ipswich, a historical town located in Suffolk, England, and a recording was made last September.
A resident, according to a report by Boing Boing, described the audio as “something from a horror movie.”
One mother who lived on Bramford Road said that she and her two children were subjected to the audio on practically a nightly basis. The threatening undertone left her frightened and, at times, she wondered if she was imagining the whole ordeal.
“The first time I heard it, it was the most terrifying thing ever. I went cold and felt sick, and thought, ‘What on earth was that?'” said the woman.
After several months, she filed a complaint with the Ipswich Borough Council.
Following her complaint, when the nursery rhyme played again, workers were sent to the woman’s address. They managed to track down where the audio was coming from, identifying a loudspeaker at an industrial property as the source.
The Ipswich Borough Council released a statement after making the discovery, stating, “This is unique in our experience – it was difficult to believe a nursery rhyme would be playing in the middle of the night.”
“But we do take all complaints extremely seriously and asked the residents who contacted us to let us know when it was actually playing so we could investigate properly,” the statement continued.
“We took a call around midnight and immediately went to the Bramford Road area to find out more – we did hear the nursery rhyme playing from an industrial premises and it sounded very eerie at that time of night. We appreciate that people living nearby would find it quite spooky.”
Owners of the industrial property blamed spiders for the malfunction. The property owners intended the creepy nursery rhyme rendition to be a deterrent to would-be thieves and meant it only to be heard within the private property.
However, spiders were triggering the motion sensors, and the volume was set higher than they thought.
One local managed to capture audio of the sirens blaring the nursery rhyme, and the clip made its way online.