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Enormous Meteor Caught On Camera In Bangkok


Jonathan O'Callaghan

Senior Staff Writer

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The flash of light from the meteor can be seen here. RT/Porjai Jaturongkhakun.

A meteor was spotted over Bangkok, Thailand, this morning and caught on several dashboard cameras.

The dramatic event took place at 8:45 a.m. local time (2:45 a.m. BST), with the object becoming extremely bright as it burned up in the upper atmosphere. Some reports suggest it was followed by a thunderous explosion, likely caused by its speed.


There is currently no evidence that it hit the ground, which means that for now it is classified as a meteor and not a meteorite. 



Objects burn up in Earth’s atmosphere regularly, although it is uncommon for one this bright to be spotted. It is reminiscent of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which streaked across Russian skies in February 2013. The resultant shockwave from that meteor injured hundreds. There are no reported injuries from this latest incident.


You can watch more footage of the Bangkok meteor below:



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