28 Aug 2014

Bright lights dazzle skywatchers

9:47 pm on 28 August 2014

Bright lights seen in the sky over parts of the South Island and Wellington tonight are believed to have been a meteor.

Owen Pearson from Christchurch caught it on film using his dash cam as he was driving north into Springs Junction.

Watch the video:

Police say they received calls from people on the West Coast, in Christchurch, Picton and Wellington from about 6.30pm.

Texts coming in to Radio New Zealand described it as a shooting star-like phenomenon with a spark at the end.

Others have described it as very white and bright and like a very large firework.

Police say it is most likely a meteor and don't believe it a flare or fireworks.