A LARGE bang, a strange light in the sky and shaking ground sparked concerns of a possible aircraft crash east of Emerald on Monday night.

Emerald police Acting Officer-In-Charge Sergeant Rob Smith said police received a number of calls at 8.38 last night from concerned members of the community.

Fearing the worst, police, ambulance and fire attended the area east of Emerald, near Comet, ironically.

Fortunately, there was no evidence of an aircraft crash.

Emerald Fire Station Officer Peter Carroll said there was no evidence of an event.

"The fire brigade attended the event but there was no plane crash, there was nothing,” he said.

Sergeant Smith said police made enquiries to aviation authorities.

"The aviation authorities clarified that there were no aircraft incidents in the area,” he said

"Further investigation showed that the event was the result of an astronomical event, possibly a meteor.”

Similar reports were made in Gladstone and Rockhampton with some substance falling near Gladstone.

Police would like to thank members of the community for their concerns and for reporting the incident.


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