Meteor explodes over Great Britain with violent force
2012 08 29

From: AOL




Tourists and locals have spoken of how a meteor "lit up the sky" over Wales - and then exploded causing a sonic boom that shook windows and set off car alarms.

The golf ball-sized meteor exploded over South Wales, waking children with its "bomb-like" bang.

Police and coastguards had dozens of reports of a bright flash in the sky followed by a loud bang.

Resident Steve Edwards told the Telegraph: "There was an enormous boom - It sounded like a bomb going off.

"The force of it shook the windows in my house, woke up my children and caused car alarms to start going off in the streets.

"Iím just glad none of it landed on my roof."

According to walesonline.co.uk, other people took to Twitter and forums to describe the sight, with Nathan Jones, from St Athan, writing on Meteorite News: "I saw an object, I canít specify what, with a heat trail behind. It was orange and white and very bright, and also seemed very close, not that I could see.

"Never seen something so amazing in my life. It looked like it was skimming through the atmosphere due to the curved path it was taking."

The meteor was first spotted in the North West before speeding towards the border of Wales, and finally exploding over Cwmbran, near Newport, South Wales.

Astrophysician Dr David Whitehouse told the Telegraph: "It was a piece of space rock coming into the earthís atmosphere and burning up as it does.

"Itís the size of a golf ball, itís coming in very, very quickly and leaving a bright tail as it vaporises.

"Itís incredibly bright, it burns at an altitude of 60 to a 100 miles above the earth. Itís not unusual for it to be seen for a couple of 100 miles all across the country."

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