‘It was mind blowing’: Fireball mystery in French skies enthralls Twitter
A glowing orb was seen shooting across the sky in the south-east of the country by more than 200 people Wednesday. Some questioned if their eyes were deceiving them, or whether they had mistaken fireworks for cosmic activity.
“Fire fell over Grenoble at around 6pm or I dreamt it? #Metéorite or fireworks?”
Others appeared to be worried that something had exploded mid-air.
“I think I just seen a meteorite or something explode in the sky,” one person posted on Twitter.
JE CROIS QUE JE VIENS DE VOIR UNE MÉTÉORITE OU JE NE SAIS QUOI EXPLOSER DANS LE CIEL.— yéléna (@hspilots) February 17, 2016
The local government department for the area, Isére, tweeted that no aircraft had been reported missing and stated that what people were seeing was most likely part of a meteorite shower.
A 19h30 aucun aéronef signalé disparu. Phénomène probable de pluie de météorite au dessus de l'Isère.— Préfet de l'Isère (@Prefet38) February 17, 2016
Video footage of rugby training in the Alps, obtained by French publication Ledauphine.com, appears to back the meteorite argument:
[VIDEO] Une boule de feu, probablement une météorite, filmée dans le ciel du Sud Est de la France hier (Val Thorens) pic.twitter.com/EFeeBnoLk7— Djamel Mazi (@djamel_mazi) February 18, 2016
One witness tweeted her apprehension upon witnessing the phenomenon, saying: “Okay I saw meteorite 20 minutes ago, [do] I have to worry?”
Ok j'ai vue une météorite il y a 20minutes je dois m'inquiéter ?😑— ~Johanna~ (@LeMondeAjojo) February 17, 2016
“You’re never going to believe me but I saw a meteorite, something on fire falling from the sky! F**king hell I’m shocked.”
Vous n'allez jamais me croire j'ai vu une météorite, un truc en feu tomber du ciel! Qui c'est désagrégé ! BORDEL DE MERDE JE SUIS CHOQUÉ— CASIPERY (@Qcastelas) February 17, 2016
“A meteorite over Grenoble! It was mind blowing,” another excited stargazer tweeted.
Une météorite sur Grenoble ! C'était hallucinant 😱😁💫— Brooke Dαvis (@Polarii_Purdey) February 17, 2016
This online map shows the 100-plus locations across France from which the white light could be seen: