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Chinese missile falls out of orbit, causing sonic booms and meteor showers that ‘looked like a missile attack’.

The wreckage of a Chinese missile has reportedly been spotted burning in the sky over Australia.

The flying inferno was mistaken for a meteor shower as it burned up in the atmosphere and some observers thought they were facing a missile attack.

Experts assume that the rocket was a Chinese Long March-3 launcher or a similar model

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Experts assume that the rocket was a Chinese Long March-3 launcher or a similar modelPhoto credit: AFP

People in Western Australia spotted bright streaks in the night sky earlier this week.

A sonic boom was also heard by locals in the town of Broome.

The unexpected event led some space experts to believe they were observing a meteor shower they named Kimberley.

However, experts believe that the Kimberley “meteor shower” was actually a Chinese rocket falling out of orbit.

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Several people in Australia reported seeing burning objects in the sky at 00:30 local time on Monday.

According to ABC News, a witness named Glen Brough said, “I was sitting in the driveway with my partner … and she said, ‘What is this?’ And the sky was just lighted up, completely lighted up.

“We honestly thought they were rockets.”

Harvard astrophysicist Dr. Jonathan McDowell also spoke to ABC and said he believes Brough and his partner saw a piece of a Chinese Long March 3 rocket burning as it smashed into Earth’s atmosphere.

He said: “It [the rocket] launched a communications satellite called Tian Lian, which is actually a relay satellite used by the Chinese astronauts on the Chinese space station.

dr McDowell used data from the United States Space Command to track the rocket’s crash.

“The path showed going east via the entry point just above Broome and across Northern Australia, so both the direction and the timing are right.”

Though pieces of the wreck shattered like meteors, experts said they were moving too fast to be space rocks.

The booming noises heard during Monday’s light display were believed to be hypersonic booms.

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They can happen when space junk breaks the sound barrier on re-entry.

Brough claims the spooky noise made “every dog” in the area bark.

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