Green flash lights up Hampshire skies for St Patrick’s Day

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A VIVID green flash lit up the sky above Hampshire for St Patrick’s Day early today.

The explosion of light at around 3.15am was caused by a meteorite burning up.

It was visible in parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and in a 400-mile corridor along Britain stretching to Scotland.

Witnesses described a green flash moving south to north leaving a magnesium-white trail.

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A short video clip of the meteor flash at Church Crookham in north Hampshire was posted on YouTube by the UK Meteor Observation Network, a group using CCTV cameras to capture meteor trails across night sky.

Footage was also shot by Clanfield Observatory’s north-west camera, which can be viewed here.