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.