Local police are urging the public to stay away from the unidentified metallic object.
Locals have been baffled by a giant object that washed up on a beach in Western Australia. The unidentified dome-shaped object was found at Green Head Beach, about 250 kilometers north of Perth.
The object is being carefully inspected by state and federal authorities and is not currently believed to be from a commercial aircraft. Police are asking the public to stay away from it and are treating it as dangerous.
“We want to assure the community that we are actively engaged in a collaborative effort with several state and federal agencies to determine the origin and nature of the object,” police told BBC.
A giant mysterious metal cylinder has left locals stumped after the debris appeared suddenly on the shoreline of WA’s Midwest.
The huge metal object was found on a beach near Green Head on Sunday, with local residents reporting the suspicious item to police.
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The copper-colored cylinder appeared to be damaged as it was leaning on its side. It appears that the bottom half of the partially damaged cylinder may have been torn away from its origin. The object is reportedly 2.5 m wide and between 2.5 and 3 m long. The object appears to be made of a lightweight carbon fiber material such as a lightweight resin, ABC News reported.
The Australian space agency said it will liaise with other international agencies to establish whether it is part of a “foreign space launch vehicle.”
Dr. Alice Gorman, an expert in the field of space archaeology, said she believes the object is a fuel cylinder that came from the third stage of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket, The Guardian reported.
Meanwhile, Australians from Queensland to Melbourne reported seeing what looked like a comet or a UFO, but was a rocket launched by India; the nation hopes to become the fourth to achieve a soft landing on the moon. Chandrayaan-3 lifted off from an ISRO launch pad in Sriharikota with an orbiter, lander, and rover on July 14.