UFO mystery baffles onlookers and police
A MYSTERIOUS fireball seen falling from the sky in Kingscliff on Wednesday has local residents and Tweed Heads police baffled. Glenda and Sophie Bowkett were two Kingscliff residents who witnessed the object as it appeared to descend towards Noble Park, but said they could not figure out what it was. Mrs Bowkett was driving her car and had stopped at the Cudgen Road lights when her daughter alerted her to what appeared to be a large orange fireball with a black trail of smoke floating towards the earth about 6pm. "It was just like this huge round fireball," Sophie, 9, said. "You could see it twirling around and around." Sergeant Rob Taylor, of Tweed Heads police, said a number of people called the police and reported seeing a bright orange shape in the sky over the hills at Cudgen, with some saying it could have been a light plane about to crash. "Numerous people in the Kingscliff area reported seeing a bright orange shape with a trail of black smoke travelling in a downwards motion towards the ground," Sgt Taylor said. One woman told police she believed the object to have been some sort of meteor that struck the Cudgen area. Sgt Taylor said police had not seen the object, but said the reports led to further investigations in case it turned out to be a plane in trouble. Gold Coast and Brisbane airports were contacted by police and no planes had been reported missing, but a search was carried out regardless. "Police from Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Byron Bay responded and searched the area," Sgt Taylor said. He said the Careflight rescue helicopter was also deployed from Coolangatta to conduct an aerial search. A Careflight spokeswoman confirmed the helicopter had been sent out following reports of "an aircraft on fire". "We searched the area for about 30 minutes and were then called back," she said. Despite the search, nothing was found and the object remains a mystery.