New footage has emerged of the moment a giant meteor came crashing down over Queensland earlier this week.
The dramatic surveillance footage taken at a timber yard in Maryborough shows a huge fireball suddenly bursting through cloud as it races towards earth.
A sudden flash of light illuminates the night sky as the space rock explodes before disappearing from sight.
The out-of-this-world phenomenon was witnessed by thousands along the east coast on Monday, who saw a blinding flash before their houses shook and power briefly went out.
New footage has emerged of the moment a giant meteor came crashing down over Queensland earlier this week
The dramatic surveillance footage taken at a timber yard in Maryborough shows a huge fireball suddenly bursting through the dark sky as it races towards earth
Reports of a huge flash came at just before 8.30pm, matching up with the time stamp on the grainy CCTV footage at Hyne Timber plant.
The blast in the sky was reportedly seen as far south as Hervey Bay and as far north as Mackay.
Police confirmed receiving a number of calls from residents in the Gladstone area, with many experiencing brief power outages and the ground shaking.
It was initially thought that the falling object was ‘space junk’ – debris from satellites or spacecraft – but a Harvard University astrophysicist told the Gladstone Observer that it was mist likely a meteor – and a big one at that.
‘It’s not a comet or Queensland wouldn’t exist any more, and we’d have seen it coming for days,’ Dr Jonathan McDowell said.
‘It is probably a large meteor – I’m guessing a rock about a metre across which would have been big enough perhaps to leave fragments [meteorites] on the ground.’
Social media users posted on Higgins Storm Chasing’s Facebook page they had seen the incredible flash of light. Pictured is a still before the meteor
CCTV footage shows the night sky lit up by the meteor in Queensland
Dr McDowell said the flash of light was probably the meteor exploding.
‘The most likely explanation is a meteor which suffered an “airburst” – the shock wave of it hitting the atmosphere at tens of thousands of miles an hour caused it to break apart with a big bang and flash,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The reports don’t seem to fit any other explanation I can think of. Some weird kind of lightning for example, space debris – which doesn’t tend to explode like that.
‘It was seen over so big an area that it must have been quite high, many tens of kilometres, so it can’t be an aircraft.
‘A bolide, a large exploding meteor, is the most likely explanation.’
The Bureau of Meteorology was unable to explain the flash of light.
Security cameras managed to capture the bright flash of light that was seen as far south as Hervey Bay and as far north as Mackay
Social media was flooded with reports of the bright flash light in the sky
While social media was flooded with reports of the flash, few were able to capture it. One resident uploaded grainy security footage which showed a flash in the distance.
A Beecher woman said it ‘felt like an explosion’ and was preceded by ‘blinding light’.
Lynette from Boyne Island said her husband had been taking out the garbage bins when he turned around and saw ‘a brilliant meteor or something flash overhead and disappear over the sea’.
Another woman in Bundaberg said she was nearly blinded by the light, which ‘came from the front of my house to the backyard and brightened all the trees up’.
Far further north in Mackay, a mother described the flash as a ‘ball of flame falling from the sky’.
Meteor over Gladstone Queensland