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Mysterious blast shakes Lyneham residents and leaves Canberrans scratching their heads

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Henry Belot

Mystery surrounds numerous reports of a loud and unexplained "explosion" in the Lyneham area around 10.30pm on Thursday night, which startled people as far away as Kingston.

More than 12 hours later, police and emergency services are still none-the-wiser as to the source of the blast, which shocked the foundations of homes in Lyneham and sent reverberations through other northern suburbs.

An ACT Policing spokesman said officers responded to several reports of fireworks in the area around 10.30pm but could not locate anyone responsible or any fireworks material.

An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman said no requests for assistance had been made to firefighters or ambulance officers and the cause of the blast was unknown.

In the absence of an explanation, speculation has spread among Canberrans ranging from cannon fire, a head-on crash involving two trucks, an earthquake, or someone slamming a garage door with tremendous energy.

@SabraLane Could have been a minor earthquake, I remember one from about a decade ago, sounded like a garage door closing, but enormous

Civic resident Amanda Kildea was still wondering what the cause of the explosion was on Friday afternoon.

“I live in Allara street in the city and the noise too got me out of my bed and out to the balcony at 11pm to see a puff of smoke rising from a few hundred metres down Constitution Avenue,” she said. 

Another Civic resident, Jeff, also thought it came from the area.

"The explosion was in between the Carillon and Stage88 - north side of the lake (very close to the lake). Woke up when it went off and could see the smoke in the air from that area," he said.

"After the explosion, I saw a massive cloud of smoke in that location, and then heard motorbikes take off (red line their engines) from the area."

However, another Canberran thought the blast came from the Lyneham Netball Centre, although staff at the centre said they knew nothing about the mysterious blast.

@canberratimes Heard it coming out of Lyneham Netball Centre. It didn't sound like fireworks... And we all "felt" it. Actually pretty freaky

Mr White, a Lyneham resident, said he felt his floor move after the “very loud explosion” while Ms Ealing, who also lives in Lyneham, said she felt reverberations for a couple of seconds after the blast.

Some said the blast reminded them of the Mitchell explosions in 2011, which woke many North Canberra residents as a ferocious chemical fire swept through the Energy Services Environmental factory.

@ACLambert ... they reminded me of the Mitchell explosions in 2011 @jotaigna #canberra

Remember the Mitchell chemical explosion in Canberra?

Others questioned whether a military training exercise conducted at an Australian Defence Force range was the cause. Questions are in with Defence but we’re still awaiting confirmation.

@canberratimes yes in Lyneham, very loud like a cannon shot. It was about 10:30pm. Not sure what others were hearing at 11pm

@SalBra @SabraLane @rharris334 There has been some kind of military practice going on for last two nights. Machine guns etc

Did you hear the blast in Canberra on Thursday night? Leave a comment below the article and help Canberrans solve the mystery. 

12 comments so far

  • I heard the loud explosion last night - I live in the North Lyneham area, and it seemed to come from a small oval behind the North Lyneham shops, but who knows! Possibly a very big, loud firework of some sort?

    Over the past few weeks and months, there have been similar loud sounds late at night. Some sounding like a gunshot or a heavy garage door slamming shut, as suggested in the article.

    Commenter
    Graham
    Location
    North Lyneham
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 12:18PM
    • Deaf as a post .. ..
      I live in Lyneham, and didn't hear a thing .. ..
      Did the earth move for you ?

      Commenter
      Lyneham resident
      Location
      2602
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 12:32PM
      • has an untrained local 'entrepreneur' seen a business opportunity after clandestine drug lab was shut down the other day..?

        Commenter
        ed
        Date and time
        August 15, 2014, 12:56PM
        • The explosion was in between the Carillon and Stage88 - North Side of the lake (very close to the lake). Woke up when it went off and could see the smoke in the air from that area.

          Commenter
          JD
          Location
          CBR City
          Date and time
          August 15, 2014, 1:17PM
          • Hopefully it was the Skywhale blowing up!?

            Commenter
            Big T
            Location
            ACT
            Date and time
            August 15, 2014, 2:22PM
            • Commercial grade fireworks were let off around this time in the park across from Mckellar Soccer Club. Very pretty but did cause a minor stir.

              Commenter
              JayMo
              Location
              Evatt
              Date and time
              August 15, 2014, 4:01PM
              • I heard the bang it seemed to come from the north of Lyneham. No idea what it was.

                Commenter
                Smcmahon
                Location
                Lyneham
                Date and time
                August 15, 2014, 7:41PM
                • It was Joe Hockey putting his foot in his mouth again and exploding.

                  Commenter
                  Brumby Jill
                  Date and time
                  August 15, 2014, 7:58PM
                  • Agree Graham, I also live in that area and think it was either the oval or the carpark next to the Dickson government offices.

                    It was a lot closer than the lake.

                    Commenter
                    Steve
                    Date and time
                    August 15, 2014, 11:07PM
                    • It was another thought bubble from one of our pollies.

                      Commenter
                      Forensic Investigator
                      Location
                      Canberra
                      Date and time
                      August 15, 2014, 11:36PM

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