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"Fireball" spotted in the sky over St Austell

"Fireball" spotted in the sky over St Austell

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:44am 8th September 2019.

An eyewitness has told Pirate FM how he saw a "fireball" in the sky over St Austell.

It comes after police received reports of a possible plane crash after a bright light was spotted.

Numerous calls were made to officers early on Sunday morning about an object having been spotted in the sky over Tavistock.

Nigel Jackson was on an early morning fitness walk in the St Austell area when the "fireball" plummeted towards the ground.

He believes it was a meteorite that broke in the atmosphere heading towards Earth.

"During a fitness walk this morning with a friend we saw a very bright fireball at 5.52am heading in a south westerly direction.

"The fireball was travelling fast and eventually split with the front section speeding off in front and heading in the distance to the ground leaving the main remaining fireball in a trajectory towards the ground/ocean. 

"It was very clear to see, you could see the fire all around it, quite spectacular to be honest, our first and only thought is that it's a meteorite that's broke through our atmosphere heading to earth.

"I honestly don't think it was a plane as there was no sound along with it as with what you would expect from an aircraft with engine sounds and I really hope it wasn't but from what we saw I would say it was a meteor."

Nigel Jackson, eyewitness

Tavistock plane crash/meteor
This was the 'bright light' spotted over Tavistock

A police helicopter and a search and rescue helicopter from Newquay have both been searching the area around Yelverton and Tavistock.

Police say that there have also been reports of meteor showers over the south west.

They now believe it could have been debris, rather than a light aircraft, and the searches have been stood down.

"Police received reports of a possible light aircraft crash at around 6.25am this morning.

"Initial reports suggested it was a plane but further reports said it was an object.

"Numerous people reported seeing something in the sky and one witness said they saw a bright light.

"Two helicopters have been searching from the air along with teams on the ground.

"There have also been sightings of meteor showers over the south west and they have been tracked in Cardiff and Dorset.

"We believe it may have been debris from the sky but this has not yet been confirmed.

"We searched until 8.20am and the teams have now been stood down."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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