Mystery flash of light seen over Flintshire last night.
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][text_output]The Deeside.com special investigations team has been looking into multiple reports of strange lights seen in the sky above Flintshire last night.
The first report came in from our highly credible source Laura Clays at around 11pm via twitter, Laura tweeted Deeside.com and the North Wales Police @NWPDeesideNPT account asking; “this is going to sound really odd but has anyone else reported seeing a really big flash of light”
Having re tweeted the original post we then started to take more reports of a strange light seen towards Connah’s Quay:
“my friends said they saw flashing colour lights Wepre way” said one twitter user, while on Facebook Mike Roberts said; “Seen massive blue flash above Llwyni Woods (Badgers Walk) about 30 mins ago.” around the same time Laura saw the flash in Buckley.
There were no signs of electrical storms during the evening, a screenshot from a popular ‘real-time’ lightning strike map shows there was no activity over the UK at the time in question.
Looking at meteor sightings for Monday night there appears to be only one recorded for the UK which was at 3am seen over Newscastle – 21 hours before the mystery Flintshire flash, there was another in France but again this was well out of time range.
While a meteor is a plausible explanation for the bright light phenomenon, weather conditions last night were far from ideal for spotting celestial light shows.
Back on Facebook, Kate said: “I seen it last night above my house when i was having a ciggy before bed” while Debbie said: “yeah i also seen flashes close to 11 oclock in connahs quay !!!!!!!” Yari saw it near the Plough Aston Hill: “I driving pass by the plough about 50 minuts ago and i see it in the back to the pub by the park”
Terrie-anne said she was scared by the flash: “I seen somethin just thought it was lightning now am really bloody scared xx” Nuela added: “Whoo spooky, I thought my eyes, were playing tricks on me, I noticed a light flashing to, not sure where it was coming from/what it was! :-?”
With weather conditions not favouring the meteor – space junk theory, power line faults or blown transformers have been known the cause massive bright flashes which light up the sky for miles around however, there have been no issues reported by Scottish Power who maintain the power lines in Flintshire.
Last month a bright flash of light was seen over parts of Scotland described as being blue, green and white, similar to that seen over Flintshire, Steve Owens of the Glasgow Science Centre planetarium said the likely culprit in Scotland was a chunk of space junk the size of a tennis ball or perhaps a watermelon burning up in the atmosphere.