Some questioned whether aliens were about to land, with one woman tweeting: “UFO invasion?! Ball of fire flew past my window!” Others called the Police. The most likely explanation, though, was an unusually bright shooting star, or meteor. Thousands of people spotted the chunk – or possibly chunks – of roughly fist-sized space rock burning up while coming through the earth’s atmosphere at an altitude of 60 or 70 miles or so at about 10pm.
As witnesses took to the internet to report their sightings, Tom Constantine, a self-employed businessmen, asked twitter users: “Did anyone see a shooting star/ball of fire over Knutsford?” David Konstantinou, of Glasgow, tweeted: “Seen a huge meteorite heading south. Huge white tail. Flashed green and red. Amazing sight. Made the hairs on my neck stand up.”
With worried people calling the Police, a Greater Manchester Police officer jokingly tweeted: “Sounds like we are being invaded by martians. Several sightings of a bright orange light over Salford!” Police in south-west Scotland, meanwhile, issued the message: “The large ball of fire in the sky is actually a low level meteor shower.”
The Met Office received dozens of calls within an hour of the light first appearing, and 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.
via Police called as large meteor appears over UK – Telegraph.
This may be similar to what was seen, although it is from 2010: