Cabinet Door Spontaneously Shatters; Paranormal Activity to Blame?
A video that’s recently surfaced online that has left many people scratching their heads. Captured on September 9th, 2014 at 4:42 p.m. by security cameras at the Barnsley Antiques Centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire England, the perplexing video shows a glass door on a cabinet spontaneously shattering. An electrician was the one who stumbled upon the scene when he came back after leaving for ten minutes. He told the manager, 42 year-old Danny Parker, about the broken cabinet door. “It’s all a bit spooky really.” Danny said. “The electrician had gone out for 10 minutes and locked the building because nobody was in there.
When he got back he stepped on the shards of glass and had no idea what had happened. He went all round the building trying to find someone but couldn’t find anyone. After looking at the CCTV frame by frame I saw the glass shatter. It was really creepy.” Danny attempted to find any evidence as to who, or what, might’ve caused the door to break, but nothing was found. He spoke to the shop owners next door and told them what happened. They told him that the building has always been haunted, long before Danny bought it. The Antique Centre has a YouTube Channel, where they have a few variations of the clip shown above, as well as a few other videos that show strange phenomenon that’s been captured by their security cameras. In one of the videos, a small, ghostly figure appears in one of the rooms.
Some news articles are claiming that the glass door swung open before shattering, but the Barnsley Antiques Centre says that’s not true. They say the door didn’t move at all, and if that’s true, then that debunks all the theories that suggest a change in air pressure (whether caused by someone closing the door, or some other method) caused the door to swing open and shatter. However, there’s another theory that suggests thermal stress is to blame. Thermal stress occurs when the center of the glass heats up and expands, while the edge of the glass stays cool. This causes the glass to crack and break (here’s an informative video on thermal stress). So, if the cabinet was near a heating vent that was on, it’s possible that the hot air was hitting the glass and eventually caused it to break. Although, that’s just a theory as of now, and there’s no way of telling for sure if that’s what really happened.
There’s also the possibility that this, along with the other videos, are all hoaxes. As of now, the Barnsley Antiques Centre isn’t open to the public yet, so these videos could be some kind of elaborate viral marketing campaign (although Danny assures everyone that this is “definitely not a set up”). Personally, I’m not sure what to make of these videos. A part of me wants to believe these videos show real paranormal activity, especially since the building is said to be haunted. Yet, I think there’s a chance that they could be debunked. Overall, I’m going to stay in the middle, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this case. Do you think the videos captured by the Barnsley Antiques Centre are real? Is there a conventional explanation for the strange things seen in the clips? Or are they simply part of a viral marketing campaign?
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