RESIDENTS fled for cover in China after a street was battered by “raining earthworms” – but it was not all as it seemed.

The terrifying incident happened in Liaoning, about 428 miles northeast of Beijing, and was filmed by a pedestrian.

The photos are not what they seem to be


The photos are not what they seem to beCredit: Twitter
The odd phenomenon happened after a heavy rain


The odd phenomenon happened after a heavy rainCredit: Twitter

A video of what appears to be worms falling from the sky has stunned the internet – but all is not as it appears.

Cars are shown in the video, covered in worm-like objects after heavy rain in China.

A logical explanation for the squirmy rain has emerged online.

Responding to a tweet of the viral video, one user commented that the objects falling from the sky in China are not caterpillars “but inflorescences of poplar trees”.

An inflorescence is a cluster of flowers.

“When poplar flower spikes start to fall, it means that they are about to bloom,” the user said.

The explanation has been flagged as context to the original viral tweet.

Videos of the phenomenon have wracked up hundreds of thousands of views online, with many in the comments pointing out the logical explanation.

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But that hasn’t stopped viewers from stating it’s their “worst nightmare”.

“Nah I’d never leave the house again,” one person commented on a TikTok about the incident.

“Going outside??? Hell no,” said another.

Many comments echoed this sentiment, with one person saying “I would neverrrr leave my housee” while another simply said “I would cry”.

A bizarre “worm tornado” had residents of a New Jersey suburb wondering what was going on.

A resident noticed something strange — a number of the worms creating a spiral where the edge of the grass met the concrete. 

One of them, Kyungsoo Yoo, a professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, told Live Science: “This tornado shape is really interesting.”

He added though worms are known for mass-emerging from soil after rain, he had never seen them form a spiral before.

Last year, residents in India were flabbergasted when it began raining down fish from the skies.

One witness tweeted: “Raining fish is a rare weather phenomenon called as “rain of animals” which happens when small water animals such as frogs, crabs, and small fish are swept into water spouts.”

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