Huge fireball lights up night sky over Japan before 'exploding with loud bang'

A huge fireball has been caught on camera streaking across the night sky with witnesses claiming that they heard a loud explosion minutes after.

The incident took place in the Kato region, the largest island of Japan around the early hours of Thursday, July 2.

Video taken by a local resident shows the round meteorite-object tearing through the clouds with a bright tail above the nation’s capital city, Tokyo.

As it streaks across the sky, the ball appears to increase in brightness for seemingly blowing up.

Twitter user “Kagaya” said he heard a “roaring sound” when the fireball hurtled through the sky.

He wrote in the post: “A large fireball (probably a bright meteor) flowed from west to east over Tokyo on 02:32 on July 2, 2020.

“A few minutes later, I heard a roar that could be heard indoors, which may be relevant.

“The video plays at the actual speed. It was taken from the balcony.”

The Japanese media reported that locals in the Kanto region also witnessed similar sightings and that they woke up to something like a distant rumble of thunder.

Residents shared on social media that they also heard a loud explosion shortly after it disappeared

One resident wrote on social media: “The explosion sounded like a bone caused the house to shake a bit,” and “The explosion sounded like a thunder had dropped.

If the fireball did explode, it would prove an extremely rare phenomenon given it is unusual for the sound to be heard from such a height.

The Tokyo Fire Department said no fires have been confirmed in Tokyo during this time.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a national press conference in the morning: “We are gathering information about the incident but no damage has been reported so far.”


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