Big bangs offshoot of burnoff

Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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Mystery explosions and "big thuds" felt on the outskirts of New Plymouth at the weekend were the result of a farmer's late-night rubbish fire.

The New Plymouth fire brigade attended the fire burning on Carrington Rd about 11pm on Saturday.

Yesterday the Taranaki Daily News was contacted by a number of people about the explosions and on Facebook people speculated the bangs could have been a meteor shower, UFO, lightning, an earthquake, fireworks or Mt Taranaki threatening to erupt.

They reported feeling or hearing the explosions or bangs in Carrington St, Junction Rd, Heta Rd, Upjohn St and Frankleigh Park.

Some said they felt "big thuds" hit the sides of their houses.

New Plymouth senior station officer David Utumapu said it was unclear what the farmer had been burning and the fire brigade had not seen or heard any of the explosions.

"I expect it was flammable liquid or gas."

The man's property was in the rural fire district where controlled burnoffs are allowed but he shouldn't have been burning at night, Mr Utumapu said.

"But there's no burning anything outside of daylight hours. It tends to frighten people a bit when they see glowing in the sky."

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