The blaze tore through the night sky within seconds
A video from UK Meteor Network now has more than 100,000 views on YouTube.
Another user, @Lafford_MK, shared his nine-second video from his doorbell in the town of Milton Keynes.
@gingerssnap wrote to her followers: “Anyone else see the #meteor burn up over the UK just before 10pm tonight? I first thought it was a bright star or plane, then it got bigger & faster, then a huge flash lit up the sky & it burst into a massive tail of orange sparks trailing behind like a giant firework! So cool!”
The falling object flashed flight as it began to burn up and break down.
The meteor is likely to have been a small piece of a comet or asteroid entering the planet’s atmosphere, U.K. Meteor Network co-founder Richard Kacerek told The New York Times, noting that some pieces of it were believed to have survived the fall.
Some witnesses reported hearing a sonic boom or rumbling
Hundreds of people took to the internet with eyewitness reports of the incident.
In general, meteors are common, though less than 5% make it to the ground, according to NASA.
More than 50,000 meteorites have been found on Earth, most from asteroids, they report.