Hundreds report meteorite sighting
Sunday 04 March 2012
Police were inundated with reports of a glowing ball of orange light in the sky as a suspected meteorite passed over the north of England and Scotland last night.
The Met Office tweeted: "Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite."
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been "inundated" with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said a number of calls came in around 9.45pm from concerned members of public who had seen a "bright light or a fire in the sky" and believed it may have been incidents involving an aircraft.
"It has been confirmed with air traffic control that there are no incidents of aircraft in difficult and nothing registered on radar," she said.
"The sightings are believed to be either an asteroid burning out or similar which has been restricted to the upper atmosphere only."
Grampian Police said reports of people seeing a "flare or a bright object with a tail" were received from across the region.
And Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said numerous calls were made about a "large ball of fire in the sky" across Annandale and Eskdale. One user wrote on the force's Facebook page: "It was awesome to see! Really big and bright!"
Hundreds of people took to Twitter to report similar sightings across Scotland and the north of England.
People described seeing a bright fireball moving across the sky with a large tail.
The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a "huge fireball" travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm.
The Observatory posted on Twitter: "Of 30 years observing the sky £fireball best thing I have ever seen period."
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