The source of a strange pink light has been revealed after it left locals baffled.
On the evening of Wednesday, 20 July, residents of Mildura, Victoria were left awestruck by a hazy pink glow which suddenly appeared in the sky.
While the sighting delighted fans of Netflix hit supernatural series Stranger Things - the pink-red light reminiscent of the Upside Down - spurring them into a frenzy that Vecna may have chosen the city as one of his Gates, the reason behind the illumination has since been explained.
Residents of Mildura were quick to flock to social media to question the 'brilliant' but 'scary' sky.
One said: "#Mildura and surrounds were treated to a spectacular sight tonight when a red light appeared in the sky. Was it aliens? An aurora?"
"Pretty scary Sal!! Really eerie feeling tonight as well. #imscared," another wrote.
Tammy Szumowski told The Guardian: "It was very bizarre. I was on the phone to my mum, and my dad was saying the world was ending."
Alexandra Talent explained how her kids' 'imaginations went wild' and the family even discussed the possibility of aliens.
I saw it too Tim. You have a better view though. Great photos. Looks like Close Encounters of the Third Kind.— Salli Fox (@salli_fox) July 19, 2022
Pretty scary Sal !! Really eerie feeling tonight as well. 🤣🤣. #imscared— Tim Green (@Tim_Green78) July 19, 2022
However, the light has been revealed as nothing to be afraid of.
It was simply the result of hydroponic light from a medicinal cannabis farm reflecting off clouds after the blackout blinds had been left open.
"Which is somehow the most Mildura answer ever," one local added.
Aliens would have been a great answer but lights from a hemp farm is definitely more amusing.— Salli Fox (@salli_fox) July 19, 2022
"The flowering zone is 12 hours light and 12 hours dark, which is normally 7am to 7pm. With the new zone coming into use in the next day or two, we have had the lights on," he said.
Crock went on to note how the light is normally prevented from being projected into the sky by blackout blinds which close 'at the same time as the sun sets'.
However, last night, the lights turned on before the blinds were closed, resulting in 'a period where it created a glow'.
He said: "At 7pm when we put the plants to sleep the lights went off."
While Stranger Things fans and alien fanatics have likely been left disappointed by the explanation, others have found the source of the light and the stir it caused highly entertaining.
One local resolved: "Aliens would have been a great answer but lights from a hemp farm is definitely more amusing."
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