Fire­works sus­pected

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

The mys­te­ri­ous source of loud bangs puz­zling an ur­ban neigh­bour­hood may have been solved.

An un­ex­plained noise has been heard many times in the Auck­land sub­urbs of Hills­bor­ough and One­hunga over the past month, and has been de­scribed as a loud ex­plo­sion.

Res­i­dents now spec­u­late that fire­works are the source.

Hills­bor­ough res­i­dent Mathias Gomes says he saw smoke from fire­works af­ter hear­ing a loud ‘‘bang’’ late on May 1. ‘‘I did see an ex­tremely large mush­room-like [cloud] form high in the sky, com­prised of smoke.’’

Gomes says the noise came from Hills­bor­ough Ceme­tery.

Pam Drake posted on the Neigh­bourly web­site that some­one let off com­mer­cial fire­works in the ceme­tery.

‘‘We heard the booms and saw the fire­works from our bed­room win­dow,’’ she wrote.

Carol-Anne Ar­mitage says she heard the bangs in Man­gere Bridge one night and saw two fire­works be­ing set off.

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