Fireball, Believed to be Meteor, Lights Up Scottish Night Sky

PHOTO CREDIT: Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images
PHOTO CREDIT: Stan Honda / AFP / Getty Images

A bright glowing object, believed to be a meteor, flashed through the atmosphere above northeast Scotland on Monday night, lighting the night sky and startling residents.

Footage captured on a dashboard camera by Scottish driving instructor Bill Addison showed a bright blue fireball hurtling through the cloudy sky, briefly illuminating the landscape as if it were day.

“I was driving along the road and there was a huge big flash of blue light,” he told CNN. “The sky totally lit up. It was like a missile.”

Startled social media users took to Twitter to report seeing the suspected meteor, saying it caused a loud boom as well.

“Anyone else see that meteor and hear the boom about an hour ago? Scared the kids to death,” wrote Twitter user Tim Rogers, who lives in the Scottish Highlands.

Robert Massey, deputy executive director for the Royal Astronomical Society, said he had seen the footage and believed the object could have been a low-altitude meteor, burning into a “fireball.”

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