Police Launch Investigation Following Reports Of 'Glowing Objects' Falling From Sky
Police have launched an investigation following reports of 'glowing objects' falling from the sky in Tavistock, UK.
There were numerous reports on social media about UFOs in the area and it was initially thought that a light aircraft may have crashed.
At 5.55am, Plymouth C Section, run by police in the area, tweeted: "Did anybody else see two glowing objects falling southwesterly direction out towards Plymouth sound? I know I have been up all night, but that was odd. Asteroid?"
Did anybody else see two glowing objects falling southwesterly direction out towards Plymouth sound?
I know I have been up all night, but that was odd. Asteroid?@BBCNews @BBCSpotlight @Plymouth_Live @piratefm @RadioPlymNews @itvwestcountry @esa @NASA
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The Force Incident Manager for Devon and Cornwall Police said authorities were searching for potential debris in the area.
According to Plymouth Live, they said: "This is a possible light aircraft. It's come in as the Tavistock postal code PL20 6SL. Somebody called from an adventure centre in Princetown.
"Units have arrived on scene. They currently haven't seen anything. They are searching the Cadover Bridge and Shaugh Prior areas. It is quite remote."
However, Inspector John Shuttleworth has said that it appears more likely that it was a meteor shower.
According to Plymouth Live, he said: "We are as satisfied as we can be that this has not been a light aircraft crash and no persons have been injured.
"The expert opinion of trained search officers is that if there had been an aircraft crash, assets in the air would have seen some debris.
"There have also been a couple of reports from the Cardiff and Dorset areas of people watching meteor showers across the South West."
The Force Incident Manager for Devon and Cornwall Police also added a further update on the search.
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They said: "We have had further reports of seeing an object in the sky from some distance away with a trajectory towards the ground, with an item falling off it at some point.
"There have been reports it broke into two and this has come from numerous people.
"We've got two aircrafts in the air looking and doing aerial searches of the area. At the moment we are saying it is the Yelverton/Tavistock/Prince Town area.
"We've got a local inspector now coordinating that search with supporting ground resources which at the moment are police officers but we might look at contacting further resources at some point. The best advice for the best way to search when you've got no distinct area is the use of aerial observations.
"In principle if it was an aircraft there would be something visible from the sky in terms of smoke and or fire.
"There are still no recorded flights in that area but that's not to say a small aircraft wouldn't need to register the flight; it's possible one could be in the air with no formal authorisation.
"It could also be a meteorite."
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