A huge fireball was spotted flashing in the sky and crashing in a district in southern China.
Footage of stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding into a ball of flame as it descends towards the ground at high speed.
It is not immediately clear what a fireball is, but local media suggest the possibility of a very bright meteor. No casualties were reported.
Various clips on Chinese social media show the suspected meteor illuminating the sky as it crashed into Nangqian County in Qinghai Province in northwest China.
The incident is said to have occurred on Wednesday around 7 p.m. Locals reported hearing loud bangs.
One of the videos, shared by a scientific blogger on Weib like Twitter, captures the moment a fireball soars through the darkness, as seen by a passenger on a flight from Xi’an to Lhasa.
The second part of the footage shows an object burning that descends rapidly towards the hills and fields.
Video: Burning meteor believed to be a mysterious light seen in northwest China (Newsflare)
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In the third clip, the fireball becomes brighter and larger as it approaches the ground.
A local, Dan Ba, said he witnessed a fireball as he took his child to school.
‘It started very little, but three minutes later it became very big and great,’ the parent told Pear Video.
Yu Jun, the main writer of the Chinese science website Guokr, told Beijing News that the fireball looked like a car, which is a very bright meteor.
The China Center for Earthquake Networks said it recorded the incident. Authorities announced via their social media account that a suspected car landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 7.25am.
The Nanxiang County government told Red Star News it had heard of the case but was not clear in the details.