Police in England’s South West were called early Sunday about a possible collision between two planes.
But, it turns out, the “bright object breaking in half in the sky” was likely a meteor.
People alerted authorities about the glowing object over Yelverton, Devon, at around 6.25 a.m. Sunday.
“One man reported a possible mid-air collision between two planes, with one catching fire and falling from the sky.” police said in a statement.
Officers directly launched a search of the area with assistance from the HM Coastguard helicopter as police were unable to categorically rule out the possibility of a plane crash.
Local airports confirmed the incident didn’t involve any aircraft and nobody was injured.
Rentrée atmosphérique #bolide du 08/09/2019 4:51:36 UTC (6:51:36 CEST) au dessus #Manche #English_Channel
Enregistrée par une camera BOAM à #MaysurOrne #Calvados #Normandie par S. Jouin
info : https://t.co/tsOfFBlBRp #meteore @UKMeteorNetwork pic.twitter.com/Jyl51Im5cZ
— BOAM (@BOAM_meteore) September 8, 2019
All services were stood down after no aircraft debris was seen and further sightings of a meteor shower were reported over the South West.
A group called the UK Meteor Network posted photos of the meteor on social media. A French association of amateur observers also captured images of the object from across the English Channel.
LOL! Next time fireworks will be