Huge Fireball ‘Falls from the Sky and Crashes into a Chinese County’, Leaving Locals Stunned
by BILLIE THOMSON
A giant fireball has been spotted flashing across the sky and crashing into a county in southern China.
Footage taken by stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding into a blazing sphere as it plunges at a fast speed towards the earth.
Various clips on the Chinese social media show the suspected meteor lighting up the sky as it plummets into the county of Nangqian in north-western China’s Qinghai Province.
The incident is said to have occurred at around 7am on Wednesday. Local residents reported they had heard loud bangs.
One of the videos, shared by a science blogger on Twitter-like Weibo, captures the moment the fireball soars through the darkness as it is seen by a passenger on a flight from Xi’an to Lhasa.
It is not immediately clear what the ball of fire is, but local media are suggesting the possibility of a very bright meteor. No casualties have been reported.
In another piece of footage, the burning object is seen descending quickly towards hills and fields.
In a third clip, the fireball becomes brighter and bigger as it approaches the ground.
Dan Ba, a local, said he witnessed the fireball while taking his child to school.
‘It started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright,’ the parent told Pear Video.
Yu Jun, chief writer of Chinese science website Guokr, told Beijing News that the fireball looked like a bolide, which is a very bright meteor.
China Earthquake Networks Center said it had recorded the incident. The authority said through its social media account that a suspected bolide landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 7.25am.