Cape Town - Bright lights and explosions in the sky were reported from Auckland to Nelson, and the Coromandel to New Plymouth, and even as far as Christchurch and the West Coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, 11 February, at around 22:00 when a giant meteor exploded through the night sky.
A motorist and owner of a dashboard-camera (dash-cam), Josh Sherborne, was driving when he saw the frighteningly real apocalyptic scene play off in front of him.
He uploaded a video of the explosion onto YouTube saying, "[I was] on my way to the gym when, Bam!, this comes out of nowhere. I actually thought it was lightning".
Other concerned onlookers and residents to the area, like Sherborne, thought he phenomenon might have been lightening.
They called on the Auckland Civil Defence & Emergency Management unit, who quickly established that the massive 'lightening bolt' seen by the Kiwi's was in fact a massive meteorite exploding over the country.
Reports of large flash and sonic booms across North Island. We are not experts but would suggest was a meteor (not asteroid) Did you see it?— Auckland CDEM (@AucklandCDEM) February 11, 2015