Fireball lights up Wellington skies

Author
Michael Sergel,
Section
Wellington,
Publish Date
Thursday, 11 June 2015, 7:53PM
(Photo: NZ Herald)
(Photo: NZ Herald)

MetService says a ball of fire seen in the sky over Wellington this evening shouldn't be a cause for concern.

Witnesses in Hataitai say the streak of light looked like a meteor or asteroid.

But MetService duty forecaster Leigh Matheson believes it was the contrail of a long-haul aircraft which was due to fly over the city at around that time.

"The lights that were seen over Wellington, we believe, was the contrail of a long-haul aircraft that was flying across the country," Matheson reports. "Around 5.30 in the evening the setting sun lit the contrail up quite brightly."

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