A British police force has released footage of a “fireball” meteor caught on an in-car camera by a motorway patrol.
The 10-second video clip filmed by officers in the West Midlands shows a bright object hurtling through the sky above a traffic island on the M42.
A police spokesman said officers had recorded the footage as they left the southbound carriageway on the motorway near Solihull at 3.04am on Monday.
In a tweet accompanying the film, the West Midlands Police traffic unit said: “We’re used to catching suspects on camera but on Mon we recorded this meteor fireball in the sky.”
Good evening, C-unit on duty for nights. As promised a photo of the meteor picked up by the in car video last night pic.twitter.com/EvPuPErnri— WMP Traffic (@Trafficwmp) June 30, 2014
The meteor, said by some witnesses to be green in colour, was also spotted in the West Country, Wales and other parts of the West Midlands.