This used flare was found on Telegraph Rd.
This used flare was found on Telegraph Rd.

Could flares explain strange flashes in the night sky?

UPDATE: Flares could possibly be to blame for bright flashes and bangs around the Bundaberg region on Tuesday night. 

A man cleaning up rubbish along Telegraph Rd found the used shell of a flare this morning (August 5).

He said it was possibly what had caused the bright lights and noises.

EARLIER: Police don't know what it was, and neither do Bundaberg's firies.

But Elizabeth Ottoway says something caused her house to shake at about 8.30 Tuesday night. 

Ms Ottoway said she was waiting for a friend to come over when she heard a bang.

"It sounded like it could have been something big," she said. 

"It shook my house.

"It was like a dull thump."

The West Bundaberg mum said she then saw what looked like a "huge fire" that looked like it was coming from town.

"I'm not sure if it goes hand-in-hand or if it was sugar cane burning or smoke from the sugar mill," she said.

Another Bundaberg man, who didn't want to be named, said he saw a bright flash light up the sky at The Hummock at about 10.30pm.

"I was on the balcony enjoying a late supper when a flash of light caught my eye in the northern sky," he said.

He said the light was similar to the bright flash of a camera. 

Bundaberg Police said they had not received any reports of fires or loud noises in the region on Tuesday night. 

A spokesman for the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service also said they hadn't received any unusual reports during the evening. 

Alloway Observatory's Mac Jonsen said while he had no specific knowledge of cosmic activity coming to earth during the evening, it was certainly possible that meteors could cause loud sounds and shaking. 

"They have been known to come through roofs," he said. 

And he said they didn't need to be big to put on a show. 

"Half an inch around can still light up the sky," he said. 

"They can look massively impressive when they're actually just a tiny thing.

"A massive amount of stuff comes into the earth all the time."

Mr Jonsen said it could just be a case of being lucky enough to spot something when it happened, as reports were not uncommon. 

He said keen observers could keep an eye on the skies with the annual August Perseid meteor shower due in our skies in a matter of days.

The shower should put on a display of about 50 meteors per hour from about August 9-13.

A spokesman for Geoscience Australia said there were no earthquakes on Tuesday night. 

"I can happily say we've had no earthquakes since Monday," he said.

He said at this stage, any additional aftershocks would probably be too small to be felt in Bundaberg. 

The region has been the subject of seismic activity in the past week, with the latest known small earthquake striking off the coast of Fraser Island on Monday night.

It followed two stronger earthquakes in about the same location, one of which hit on Saturday at 1.38pm about 133km off the coast of Rainbow Beach with a magnitude of 5.7.

The other, measuring 5.2, shook the region on Thursday.

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