Federal Election: Bizarre light show baffles Brisbane residents

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Brisbane residents were baffled when a light show appeared over the skyline on Thursday night, prompting them to question why the mysterious message appeared.

Posts on social media show the words Dutton — with online users presuming it was referencing Defence Minister Peter Dutton — written across the sky with drones.

In a clip shared to Reddit shared from an apartment in the suburb of New Farm the lit-up arrangement can be seen clearly.

The image appeared in the Brisbane sky on Thursday night spelled out by drones.
The image appeared in the Brisbane sky on Thursday night. Source: Reddit

"Drones seen from New Farm," the user wrote, along with the video.

The witness told Yahoo News it started at around 10:20pm lasting for around five minutes.

The drones also assembled to make what appeared to be the Australian flag.

"Saw the same thing just over the river. Why is it the first time I see a "drone show" that it has to be political advertising?" one user complained on the Reddit post.

"Drones over residential areas. Glad Dutton has released his Middle East strategy," another wrote.

Facebook users from local groups were also confused by the messages.

"Ominous," one user said, along with a picture of the spectacle.

"We need to crowdfund our own drone collective then we can crash these events," another cheekily suggested.

The light show lasted for around five minutes. Source: Supplied
The light show lasted for around five minutes. Source: Supplied

Confusion over the origins of the sign

While most assumed the light show was politically based, some suggested the writing could be referencing Dutton Park — a park in Brisbane's inner city.

Yahoo News reached out to Peter Dutton's office who said they weren't aware of the light show.

Brisbane City Council said they also weren't aware of the stunt.

Drone light shows are performed by illuminated, choreographed groups of drones that arrange themselves into various aerial formations as directed by a computer program.

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