A meteorite may have been spotted crashing to earth this evening.
A meteorite may have been spotted crashing to earth this evening. NASA

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SPECULATION is rife that a meteorite has been seen soaring across Gladstone's sky tonight, with a flashing light and a bang heard by thousands of residents.

Higgins Storm Chasing asked its followers what they had seen and experienced tonight.

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"It looks like a meteorite has impacted somewhere offshore from the general Gladstone area," Thomas said.

"A bright flash or light has been reported by hundreds of people, this was seen as far south as Hervey Bay and as far North as Yeppoon with a  tremor being felt upon impact over the Gladstone area and Boyne Island," he said.

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A meteorite is a piece of rock or metal that has fallen to the earth's surface from outer space.

More than 90 per cent of meteorites are rock, while the remainder consist partly of iron or nickel.

One woman commented on Higgins Storm chasing, "I saw it clear as day driving over east! Bright yellow! Like something exploded and extinct tale! Like it was falling".

Another woman said spotted it driving north on the Bruce Hwy towards Caboolture.
"A very bright light dropped vertically. We thought it was a flare but we never saw it go up".

Higgins said it was likely to be a meteorite because of the "widespread reports of a bright flash moments before it happened".

Facts about meteorites:

Very small meteoroids may retain intact or melt to form glassy droplets which rain down on Earth's surface as micrometeorites.

Large meteoroids can form brightly glowing fireballs seen clearly in daylight, accompanied by light and sound effects.

About 500 tonnes of meteoritic debris falls to Earth every day.



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