WITHOUT a definitive piece of evidence, it seems the big bangs that reverberated across Warrnambool on Tuesday night will remain a mystery.
But it appears the likely candidate for the two noises was fireworks, with a couple of unsubstantiated eyewitness reports backing this theory.
Acting Sergeant James Van Engelen, of Warrnambool police, said no further information had come to light since people across Warrnambool heard loud explosion-like noises around 9pm and 10.15pm on Tuesday.
“We presume it would have been fireworks but without being able to locate anything in particular when we patrolled, it’s hard to say,” Acting Sergeant Van Engelen said.
“It’s a bit of mystery. If we found a fire we could find out what caused that, but without any evidence it’s hard to say what it was.”
Some postings on social media suggested that fireworks had been seen in the night sky at the time.
“People were hearing it from the CBD so it would have to be a fairly big firework,” Acting Sergeant Van Engelen said.
Police and the fire brigade patrolled the area between Laverock and Caramut roads on Tuesday night in search of the source.
“If it was people messing around with fireworks, they were breaking the law,” Acting Sergeant Van Engelen said.
“We’d like to remind people that it’s illegal to own and use fireworks in Victoria without the appropriate permit,” he explained.
“The ramifications can be serious injury or worse.” They also posed a fire risk.
Anyone with any information about the noises should contact Warrnambool police.