Meteor witnessed across Britain
4 March 2012 Last updated at 09:09 GMT
Police forces say they have received a number of calls reporting what is believed to have been a meteor.
Reports of a "bright light" and an "orange glow" came in across the north of England and Scotland at about 21:40 GMT, amid fears a plane had crashed.
The Met Office tweeted: "Hi all, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite."
Andy Moore reports.