Mystery of a scorched circle in Tasmania

Not much to go on here.

Mysterious light blamed for circle of fire – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Early Saturday morning police and fire crews received calls from concerned residents in Carnegie Street at Claremont, who reported seeing a bright light igniting a fire in a nearby paddock.

Tasmania Fire Service officer Scott Vinen says the blaze was quickly put out, leaving an obvious burnt patch.

Photo: ABC News: Fiona Blackwood

Photo: ABC News: Fiona Blackwood

They thought maybe it was flare but there was no evidence for what started the fire. And, they don’t plan to investigate further. Any little spark could have ignited this. But we don’t know from this news story who reported it, what they reported and if that was actually accurate. So, we end up shrugging, don’t know.

  7 comments for “Mystery of a scorched circle in Tasmania

  1. Chris Howard
    March 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I think there may be a direct correlation between how many unnecessary adjectives, and superlatives are used in a news piece, and how accurate/biased it is.

    It’s gotten so bad that most wouldn’t even question the word “mysterious” in the story.

    Perhaps I’m being too “Cronkite” about this? ;-)

  2. One Eyed Jack
    March 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I suspect the ghost of Johnny Cash at work.

    Love is a burning thing.
    And it makes a fiery ring.

  3. March 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Looks like some alien kid borrowed his dad’s classic 1963 saucer for a date.

  4. spookyparadigm
    March 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Shades of the opening of the X-Files episode “Our Town” in which “foxfire” causes a bonfire-like burned patch of ground. One of my favorites for numerous reasons (excellent bait-and-switch, flawed but at least they tried use of forensic anthropology and archaeology, and I still maintain it to be an unannounced Lovecraft pastiche [witness in insane asylum, grisly rites from Pacific tribes that grant immortality at a high price that corrupts otherwise "normal" Anglos, ancestral cannibalism, cult in a small rural keep-to-themselves town, inescapable bodily corruption and taint]).

  5. Phil
    March 4, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Fire causes light and burns grass? Why is this even a story?

  6. March 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Perhaps a Tasmanian Fire Devil?

  7. March 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Peter. LIKE! Phil: I don’t know why it was portrayed like this. Meteor stories have people edgy?

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