The Strange Pink Glow Over Victoria, Australia Turned Out to Be Happy Cannabis Accident

​– Tammy Szumowsk

Last week, a eerie pink glow lit up the sky above a small town in Australia, sparking mild concerns about an alien invasion, or at least that the locals had missed the memo of Season 5 of Stranger Things being filmed nearby.

It was big enough to be seen from miles off and many residents took photos

“It was very bizarre,” said Tammy Szumowski. “I was on the phone to my mum, and my dad was saying the world was ending.”

If she knew the truth of the matter she might have said that it was “just the end of time,” because as it turned out, the “pink glow” was more like a “Purple Haze.”

Pharmaceutical company Cann Group confirmed to the town of Mildura in Victoria that the lights were coming from its local medicinal cannabis facility, where the blackout blinds had been left open.

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“Cannabis plants require different spectrums of light in order to encourage their growth,” said Rhys Cohen, senior communications manager at Cann Group Ltd. “A red spectrum light is often used. Normally the facility would have blackout blinds that come down at night, and will in the future block that glow.”

– Alexandra Talent.

News didn’t reach everyone in Mildura immediately, so they were left speculating until the following day.

Alexandra Talent described her horses as a little distracted, which was when she noticed as it got darker that they were fixated on the Purple Haze in the distance.

“The kids’ imaginations went wild and of course the topic of aliens was presented,” Talent told the Guardian. “My husband and I were a bit more optimistic.”

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