UFO
© Chelly Milzewski
This image of the unidentified flying object was was captured by reader Chelly Milzewski on Saltwater Creek Rd in Maryborough about 5.20pm on Monday.
Up to a dozen people have reported seeing a strange light in the sky over Toogoom on Monday evening.

Toogoom resident Maggie MacLeod sparked the influx of reports yesterday when she posted about the "bright, comet-like" UFO on the Fraser Coast Chronicle Facebook page.

"It was going down, then sideways and then the tail disappeared," she said.

"I went up to a group of people on the beach and pointed it out to them ... by this time it was a big red ball in the sky near where the sun had set.

"It was virtually staying still ... before all of a sudden, the tail came out and it shot off and disappeared.

"It did not fade as one would expect after viewing it for 40 minutes."

Maryborough's Chelly Milzweski reported seeing "what appeared to be a burning flame" on the horizon towards Hervey Bay and captured it on camera.

Penlan Lassy from Urraween also saw it and described it as a "bright light moving quickly with a small trail" that was "too small to be a plane".

A few suggested the UFO could have been a high-level plane with vapour trails or space junk entering the atmosphere.