[meteorite-list] Low bar of entry for the Bundaberg Astronomical Society
From: Darren Garrison <cynapse_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 22:57:03 -0500
No answer on mystery fire starter
Kallee Buchanan | 22nd June 2009
THE mystery fire on Hazle Marland's Gaeta property is still burning - just like
the questions about what started it.
On Friday emergency crews rushed to Mrs Marland's property after reports
something had fallen from the sky and started a fire.
Crews were quick to rule out the possibility of a plane crash, but speculation
about the cause goes on.
?It's still a mystery, there are a lot of rumours floating around but because it
is so inaccessible I really don't think that we're ever going to get to the
bottom of it,? Mrs Marland said.
She said she had been inundated with phone calls on Saturday from media
organisations and spectators wanting to go up to the site, as the news of the
fallen object spread around the world.
?I was just astonished that they would show such interest,? Mrs Marland said.
She said she hoped life would return to normal on the property, which is used
for grazing cattle.
?I'm not encouraging anybody (to visit the site), because there is nothing to
see,? Mrs Marland said.
?We're just hoping it isn't anything to be worried about and we don't think it
Bundaberg Astronomical Society member Don Gray said he suspected the mystery
object was a meteor, and the lack of an impact crater did not rule it out.
?It would be very small, depending on the weight of it or what it was, whether
it was metallic or just rock, whether when it hit the ground it exploded and dug
up a lot of earth,? Mr Gray said.
?But it all burns, and that disguises things a bit.?
He said tens of thousands of meteors, dust and space junk fell to earth every
year, from pieces of old satellites to tools dropped by astronauts working on
?Most of it has never been found,? he said.
?If they find it they'll be able to determine what it is - some of these
meteorites are made of a glass-like substance, some are made from iron.?
A spokeswoman from UFO Research Queensland said her members had heard reports of
flashes of lights and falling objects, but there was no clue what it may have
Received on Sun 21 Jun 2009 11:57:03 PM PDT