Did you hear Canberra’s big bang?

Ian Bushnell 21 May 2020 210
Canberra big bang

Big bang theories are welcome. Photo: File.

Mystery surrounds a loud bang heard early this morning in Belconnen and Gungahlin but it’s not the first to be experienced in Canberra’s north.

There have also been reports of an orange flash seen in the sky, which the ANU says discounts a meteor being responsible.

That description is reminiscent of reports two years ago of a big bang in Holt that attracted many theories but no actual cause.

And back in 2012 a big bang was reported in Nicholls, where houses were shaken.

Just like this time, Geoscience can’t help, and the police and ESA have no idea.

That leaves Defence, but don’t expect it to let on if the military have been up to anything.

But we asked anyway.

A Defence spokesperson said it was definitely not the culprit, saying there were no training exercises being conducted at present.

What do you think was the cause?


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210 Responses to Did you hear Canberra’s big bang?
Capital Retro Capital Retro 10:00 pm 30 May 20

Could it have been a sonic boom from one of the new RAAF F-35’s?

I remember some rogue F-111 pilots “flaming” over Lake (Walter) Burley Griffin late one night about 20 years ago. That put the wind up a lot of people.

Mathew McMahon Mathew McMahon 1:08 pm 30 May 20

When the Electric switch's are turned off or on at the Belconnen Sub station an explosive noise is produced which echos across Belconnen and Surrounding areas.

Jack Barton Jack Barton 7:39 pm 23 May 20

What?! I can't hear or see lol

Erica Lees Erica Lees 8:39 am 23 May 20

Lucinda Douglas this is what I was talking about

John Scheltus John Scheltus 7:43 am 22 May 20

The only thing that will wake me up is a bomb dropping on my house🤣

Rowena McBride Rowena McBride 2:28 am 22 May 20

I thought it was fire works and I just herd another loud bang sound

Melissa Nuttall Melissa Nuttall 10:10 pm 21 May 20

Caitlin Saunders all I can see is that video of you

Amber DB Amber DB 9:24 pm 21 May 20

Ant the sound bounced off the clouds ;)

Angela Miller Angela Miller 9:21 pm 21 May 20

The Big Bang theory. Lol

Will Gardner Will Gardner 5:20 pm 21 May 20

Thats the Canberra Bubble bursting

Jennifer Redmond Jennifer Redmond 4:19 pm 21 May 20

Donna Perry... your mum was just telling me about this 😳

    Donna Perry Donna Perry 8:37 pm 21 May 20

    Jennifer Redmond yes, I rang her the next day and she said she heard nothing! Weird, for so many people to hear it have their houses shaken yet no one knows what it is.

Jackson Twomey Jackson Twomey 4:02 pm 21 May 20

Someone set off a commercial grade firework on Benjamin Way

Rachel Lea Corsini Rachel Lea Corsini 11:49 am 21 May 20

As the government

Chris Skene Chris Skene 8:46 am 21 May 20

When I was a teenager, I knew guys who used to make a thing called "Petrol Putty", that they used solely to make letterboxes pop. Once they ran some 100m up a storm water drain. The bang was so loud it was heard for kilometres.

Emma Luke Emma Luke 8:10 am 21 May 20

You know life is starting to get back to normal when talk about big bangs reappear in the Canberra Page feed

Bronwen Sloane Bronwen Sloane 5:50 am 21 May 20

Ashleigh did you hear this??

Simon Wheaton Simon Wheaton 3:16 am 21 May 20

It will be fireworks from the cancelled New Years shows.

Stuart Harris Stuart Harris 12:51 am 21 May 20

Heard in Emu Ridge. Similar to two other big bangs heard in last few months. First was a commercial firework ignited between building of Oracle apartments (near my place) Police and Fire attended, had no idea what or where second one was and the third was last night. All late evening when quiet. I suspect we have a serial 'bomber' who has a stash and gets their kicks out of all the hoo haa following an ignition. At least no one has been hurt nor property damaged (that we know of?)....wait for the next one i suppose !?

David Johnson David Johnson 12:34 am 21 May 20

I heard it in Evatt.

Chelsea Graham Chelsea Graham 12:21 am 21 May 20

Alot of people believe it was a mortar firework. And yes, they are extremely loud. In the video you can hear it shoot off, top left hand corner above the car you see a flash then BOOM!

I believe it could of been a mortar for sure

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