Video: Loud ‘fireball’ spotted in night skies over Scotland

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A BRIGHT fireball sighted and heard across the country is believed to have been caused by a meteor shower.

Police were inundated with calls from members of the public who reported the sighting along with a loud bang. Many claimed their homes shook.

The most spectacular sighting were made across the north of Scotland, particularly Inverness-shire and Aberdeenshire.

The spectacle on Monday evening was witnessed across Scotland, and prompted many to report the sight of a “fireball” in the sky and a violent bang.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said they began receiving calls at around 6.55pm on Monday evening.

She said: “One told us the sky had been lit up with an object like a fireball. Another caller said there was a very loud bang and others said the house shook.

Suspected meteor shower over Aberdeenshire

Suspected meteor shower over Aberdeenshire

“We know police in Inverness and in the south also received calls - it was seen by people across Scotland.

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“We have checked and been told it was likely to be a meteor shower.”

The bright white streak across the night sky sparked speculation on social media whether it was an astronomical event, military activity or, perhaps more far-fetched, linked to British astronaut Tim Peake.

UK astronaut Tim Peake was blamed by jokers on social media for 'fireball'

UK astronaut Tim Peake was blamed by jokers on social media for 'fireball'

Inverness SNP member Jackie Hendry, married to newly-elected MP Drew Hendry, tweeted: “Did anyone else see that big white flash in the sky ... I reckon it was Tim Peake.”

Madcow_paula tweeted: “LOL ... some reckon @astro_timpeake dropped something causing a big white flash in the sky over Scotland this evening!”

SteveCDT1986 tweeted:”Big white flash and some sort of meteor in the night sky. Looked really close aswell. #endoftheworld #armageddon.”

@Colsuth tweeted: “saw it here in Moray just as we were passing RAF Lossie. Thought it was from there.”

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said they would not discuss if there was any link to any operations in the area.

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