Copyright 1996 The Australian Associated Press.
SYDNEY, Sept 11 AAP -- What is believed to be a spectacular meteorite shower has lit up skies across New South Wales, with the Bureau of Meteorology being flooded [the night of Sept 10-11] with phone calls from observers throughout the state.
A bureau spokesman said an abnormally high number of calls have been received reporting "bright lights" from locations as far spread as Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Bathurst, Mudgee, Coonabarabran and Walgett.
"We don't know really to make of it," the spokesman said. "At this stage it seems as though a very bright meteorite shower may have passed through the skies, although we've had no reports of any matter landing at this stage."
The spokesman said there had also been reports of a "sonic boom" being heard in some areas.
Meanwhile, the National UFO Hotline also had its phone lines jammed with callers with some reports taking on extraterrestrial dimensions.
The hotline spokesman said while the amount of calls seemed to correspond with something in the order of a meteorite falling to earth, one sighting in Warialda claimed to see lights coming out of the ground.
"We had one caller who claimed to see an orange and blue glow coming out of the ground in a wide area of illumination," he said. "While this doesn't mean we're being invaded from forces from outer spaces, it's certainly a most unusual sighting and one we intend to investigate further."
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