Mysterious Copper Cylinder Washes Up On Australian Beach
A two-meter high copper-colored cylinder has washed up on a beach in Green Head, Western Australia, leaving local police baffled. Theories have circulated online that the object could be part of MH370, the Malaysian Airlines flight that disappeared in 2014. However, the police have refuted these claims, stating that the debris would show significantly more signs of wear if this were the case.
Found by Local Residents
Residents of Green Head, located approximately 250 kilometers north of Perth, discovered the metallic object in the water on Sunday. They dragged it to the shore with their vehicle, according to Australian broadcaster ABC. The object is reported to be 3 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. After an analysis by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and a chemical center, local police confirmed on Monday that the object posed no risk to the local community.
We are currently making enquiries related to this object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia.— Australian Space Agency (@AusSpaceAgency) July 17, 2023
The object could be from a foreign space launch vehicle and we are liaising with global counterparts who may be able to provide more information.
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Public Cautioned to Keep Distance
Despite the object being declared safe, the public is being advised to stay away from the cylindrical object as a precaution. Police are guarding the object until it is removed and have asked residents to avoid the beach. "Given the unknown origin of the object, the community should avoid touching it," the Australian Space Agency also advised on Twitter.
Possible Space Debris
The police are currently investigating whether the object could be part of a foreign space launch vehicle. "It appears to be a potential fuel tank from a rocket that was launched in the past twelve months," they said.