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Tasmania, Australia. Residents from the suburb of Hobart flooded the local police stations with calls of a mysterious beam of light coming from the sky according to news. Police and fire investigators arrived where the light beam was reported to shine down on. A large scorched section of the earth was found, but nothing else.

Fire officials believed the fire and ‘bright light’ could have come from a flare being shot into the night sky, but once the investigation took place, they were unable to find the remains of the flare or any other incendiary device.

Tasmanian police and firefighters are unable to explain the source of a beam of light which reportedly fell from the sky and formed a circle of fire in a Hobart suburb.

Early Saturday morning police and fire crews received calls from concerned residents in Carnegie Street at Claremont, who reported seeing a bright light igniting a fire in a nearby paddock.

Tasmania Fire Service officer Scott Vinen says the blaze was quickly put out, leaving an obvious burnt patch.

He says the bizarre incident has everyone baffled.

“Once we put the fire out, we kind of walked through the fire and tried to find something,” he said.

“We thought a flare or something may have landed there, but we couldn’t find any cause.”

The Fire Service says it will not investigate further. –source:

I’m willing to bet that most people can distinguish a beam of light from a flare. In this incident, several residents reported seeing the mystery beam touch down on an empty field and instantly ignite the dry grass. With no official explanation and a scorched patch of earth left at the scene, it’s no stretch of the imagination to think about the so-called Death Ray or even a very unfriendly UFO.

Then again we must remember that the simplest explanation almost always will suffice. In this case, a wild lightning strike could be to blame of the reports of a bright light and fire among the Tasmanian countryside. Your thoughts?

  • The Oshmar

    I don’t know what would cause the lights but Australia has been breaking records for high temperatures this year, lots of fires break out, would explain the scorch mark. My friend who lives over there showed me a picture he took of how hot it was, 45c or for you imperial types 113f.

  • Peetr

    Sad to say that most of the fires that do break out here in Australia are set by crazy people. Lightening strikes are to blame for most of the rest

  • ghosttheory

    Thanks Peetr/Oshmar,

    I knew someone from around the area would report in 🙂

    Now, if only we could get more details on the supposed “beam”.

  • Light from the planet Venus refracted through swamp gas…

  • The Oshmar

    Chinese lantern launch pad

  • Jon

    Its been damn hot for sure. Tasmania generally is a lot colder though being right down the bottom..

  • The Oshmar

    heh yea, bout the same as our NZ south island 😉

  • Dung Shooken

    Russell Crowe captured it on video!!!

  • LOOMfreek

    I agree..easiest explanation is that one of the imperial soldiers with those black hats and visors responsible for targeting and firing the Deathstar, probably made a small miscalculation when trying to shoot Alderon. He quickly realized his mistake and shut off the beam, then retargeted Alderon, creating that UFO Russell Crowe captured on video.

  • I love how the papers make stupid statements like “Tasmanian police and firefighters are unable to explain the source of a beam of light which reportedly fell from the sky”
    Why would police or firemen be able to explain a light in the sky or its source?
    That is like saying “the mechanic could not explain the origins of the stone that broke my windscreen”! Why would they be able to?
    It is sensationalism that adds mystery to the story.
    I could fully understand if they said that they could not explain the source or cause of the fire, but not the source of the light beams. WTF?

    This is a lovely story as there seem to have been so many witnesses to the light.

    It was clearly a UFO looking for a place to land, started a fire and legged it! lol

    If it were from outside our atmosphere, it must have been very strong as the atmosphere would have diffused the light as it entered. Could it be a pulsar or supernova? I don’t know if they could have been refracted to cause something like this.