WATCH: Green flash lights up North East skies on St Patrick’s Day

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A vivid green flash lit up the sky above North East on St Patrick’s Day early today.

The explosion of light at around 3.15am was caused by a meteorite burning up.

It was visible along a 400-mile corridor along Britain stretching from the South to Scotland.

Sightings were reported in locations including London, Hampshire, Stafford and up the east coast of England.

Witnesses described a green flash moving south to north leaving a magnesium-white trail.

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A short video clip of the meteor flash was posted on YouTube by the UK Meteor Observation Network, a group using CCTV cameras to capture meteor trails across night sky.