BRISBANE, Aug 15, 1996 -- The Australian Associated Press said today that the National UFO Hotline is investigating reports of large blue, white and orange illuminations in the sky between Brisbane and the Gold Coast on the night of August 14.
A spokesman for the Victoria-based organisation, Ross Dowe, said the hotline had received a number of calls from people reporting that the "whole district became like day" for about five seconds on two occasions.
One caller described the event "as if God shined a light on earth for a moment," Mr. Dowe said in a statement.
A Brisbane Weather Bureau spokesman said there had been no reports of weather activity in the area that could account for the lights, while Logan police said they had received no reports about them.
A few days earlier, nearby New Zealand was also visited by UFOs. At 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, a glowing green UFO appeared over a Pacific Ocean beach on the North Island of New Zealand.
Damon W. and his girl friend, Frances P., were lounging in the backyard on Wairere Road, just up from Wainui Beach in Gisborne, North Island. "The sky was overcast," Damon recalled, "so we couldn't see any stars."
Damon thought he "saw a meteorite streak across the sky from the southeast to the northwest and called her (Frances's) attention to it. She looked and saw it just as it disappeared over the tops of some nearby trees. Then, suddenly, it reappeared and flew in a zigzag pattern across the sky" until it turned "and dropped toward some low hills by the sea.
"We realized it could not be a meteor because it was below the clouds. It was a diamond or a rhombus shape about the size of a five cent New Zealand piece and was surrounded by a fuzzy green glow. It then shot straight up and down, and that was the last we saw of it."
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