Did you see ‘fireball’ light up sky?

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A MAN claims he saw a fireball falling from the sky in Oxfordshire.

Alexandre Legris, 41, was driving from Banbury to Woodstock with his 16-year-old son Isaac when he saw the object descending over Deddington Hill last Friday at about 6.30pm.

He said: ”I don’t know exactly what it was – it was just falling from the sky – but it was a big object on fire and then suddenly the flame went out.

“I thought it was a shooting star at first but realised it was far too close to be that. It was a few miles away and I didn’t see it fall to the ground. It was fascinating - I’ve never seen anything like it. I said to my son it’s probably the only time he will see something like that.”

Mr Legris, who lives in Maidenhead but was staying in Woodstock with his partner Caroline, said the moment passed too quickly to record it but when he returned home he researched it online. This led him to believe it could have been satellite debris.

The business development manager added: “It would be great if someone else saw it. I posted about it on Facebook and I’ve been told I’m weird but I’m certain about what I saw.

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“My son was with me and he saw it too. Maybe at some point someone could find where it landed. Judging by the distance it would probably have fallen south of Oxford.”

Ring the newsdesk on 01865 425500 if you witnessed the incident or email news@oxfordmail.co.uk

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9:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

corpse88 says...

i saw that too ! i was in Bucknell at the time, leaning on my car while on the phone to my mum...I also thought it was a shooting star at first but soon saw it wasn't. I have been checking oxford mail & a few others to see if there was any mention of what it was...glad to see i wasn't the only one to see it
i saw that too ! i was in Bucknell at the time, leaning on my car while on the phone to my mum...I also thought it was a shooting star at first but soon saw it wasn't. I have been checking oxford mail & a few others to see if there was any mention of what it was...glad to see i wasn't the only one to see it corpse88
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12:20am Fri 21 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Hey guys, it was just another of those old NASA weather balloons returning to Earth which was supposed to have landed at Area 51 in the USA. That, or it was Eric Piggles overflying the Thames Valley Flood disaster.
Hey guys, it was just another of those old NASA weather balloons returning to Earth which was supposed to have landed at Area 51 in the USA. That, or it was Eric Piggles overflying the Thames Valley Flood disaster. Myron Blatz
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11:31am Fri 28 Feb 14

MT1976 says...

I saw something very similar last night. I was travelling on the B4016 just past Appleford on my way from Abingdon to Didcot.

As I turned the corner near the railway crossing, a bright white light fell from the sky into the field to my left. It fell as if being dropped. I couldn't see exactly where it landed as the hedge is too high on the near side.

There were some very peculiar cloud formations last night which suggests this could have been ball lightning of sorts, however I've never seen this before!
I saw something very similar last night. I was travelling on the B4016 just past Appleford on my way from Abingdon to Didcot. As I turned the corner near the railway crossing, a bright white light fell from the sky into the field to my left. It fell as if being dropped. I couldn't see exactly where it landed as the hedge is too high on the near side. There were some very peculiar cloud formations last night which suggests this could have been ball lightning of sorts, however I've never seen this before! MT1976
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11:33am Fri 28 Feb 14

MT1976 says...

Just to confirm, the time of this incident was exactly 6.25pm.
Just to confirm, the time of this incident was exactly 6.25pm. MT1976
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