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9 October: bogong bomb: fire alarm set off by bogong moths after they flew in the path of a laser beam at Parliament House in Canberra

Posted by waterweek on 10 October 2007

A Fire alarm at Parliament House in Canberra yesterday may have been set off by bogong moths alter they flew in the path of a laser beam, reported The Daily Telegraph (10/10/2007, p.3).

Drawn to the light on the hill: The moths, which are migrating to Snowy Mountains caves for the summer, have been seduced by the bright lights at Parliament, covering parts of the building in their thousands. A laser beam on the Senate chamber has in the past been set off by moths and dust. It is believed moths set off the alarm yesterday, causing firefighters to be called In at 5.30pm.

The Daily Telegraph, 10/10/2007, p. 3

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