Editor’s note: It seems likely to suggest that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuclear blast may have knocked the man’s drone out of the sky.
(INTELLIHUB) — A South Australian man flying a drone near the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA), in the state’s far north, told an Australian news publication that his drone was bizarrely “forced to the ground,” shortly before a huge explosion and mushroom cloud was observed in the sky’s backdrop.
Jason Wright, 46, said he was at Lake Hart with his partner Ariane Montminy-Roberge, 33, when the incident occurred involving his private drone on Saturday.
“We were just on our way to Adelaide and we stopped by Lake Hart to use our drone to get some footage,” Wright said. “It was weird, the drone seems like it was forced down about a minute before the explosion. I had no control over it.”
Wright, a former soldier with four years service, told the publication that he didn’t see any aircraft nearby so thought it must have been a land-based weapon that caused the ‘huge orange fireball’ which he said exploded an estimated 18-24 miles away.
After seeing the massive explosion in the distance, Wright said that it took some time for the sound to travel to him.
The Australian Defense Department released a statement last month noting that there would be exclusions from June 11 to July 14 for weapons testing in the region.
“For safety and security reasons, designated zones within the WPA will be closed and permit holders, existing users and the public may be required to evacuate the area during the notified exclusion periods,” the statement read.
According to the information, the exclusion area extends to the west of Coober Pedy, a key regional destination in Australia’s outback, and affects the Tallaringa Conservation Park.
“The existing users holding permission under the Defense Force Regulations 1952, including pastoralists (sheep or cattle farmer), Aboriginal people and operating mines within the affected areas, are required to evacuate the exclusion area.”
According to The Advertiser, the Australian Department of Defense did not respond to questions about the explosion, or the unexcused behavior of the drone.
The Woomera Range Complex, which was a key Cold War military testing site and known to researchers as “Area 52” (the country’s “Area 51” is located at Pine Gap in the Northern Territory), has historically been a highly controversial and vigilantly guarded Australian national secret.
The complex spans 122,188 square kilometers in north-west South Australia, about 450 kilometers NNW of Adelaide. It is the largest land testing range in the world. The majority of the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) is South Australian Crown land and is covered by pastoral leases and mining tenements granted by the South Australian Government.
The WPA is a Prohibited Area (top secret zone) regulated by the Defense Act 1903, Defense Regulation 2016 and the WPA Rule 2014 and is a Defense premise used for the testing of war material under the control of the Royal Australian Air Force.
The WPA is an important Defense capability and testing and evaluation asset that plays a significant role in Australia’s national military weapons development in an international context.
In 2004, an anonymous online user related the following story: “I was told that ‘Mrs P’ (a DoD employee) had seen building plans for a 35 story building several years ago, and if anyone has been to Woomera lately they’ll know its a small hot desert town primarily used as a military base and testing group, shared by Australian and the US. There is the 35 storey base…. underground. An anonymous security guard at the testing site has apparently been interviewed and told they are holding a UFO craft there, and as Area 51 in the United States is becoming a tourist haven, the government has been shipping the UFO saucers, technology etc, to different locations including Pine Gap and Woomera. To further the reliability of these claims, ‘Mrs P’ herself has interviewed the security guard at Woomera where all personnel must sign confidentiality agreements. He told of balls of light every night, and orbs following him around. He even used to take his friends up to a hill nearby to watch ‘the light show’ as his friends watched gobsmacked in awe.”
The U.S. government is also believed to be significantly involved with activities on the base. In fact, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) which “defends America through its space and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) operations” operates out of the Woomera base.
It is not uncommon for the DoD to test a wide variety of top secret explosive devices, drones, missiles, space rockets and even nuclear weapons on the base. Multiple reports of UFO’s and unexplainable occurrences go back decades.
In 2011, the UK Telegraph reported that most of the documents recording strange sightings near the top secret base “disappeared” following a freedom of information (FOI) request from The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper asking the military for any documents that mentioned sightings of UFOs or “extraterrestrial organisms” in Australia.
The request came after the British government released a dossier of thousands of documents relating to unidentified flying objects.
According to the Telegraph, a Defense spokesman said it was likely that some of the files had been destroyed. Researchers believe that the destruction of the files was done deliberately to hide highly classified information from the public eye.