Meteor' sighted off NZ's west coast
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A shining light in the sky off the west coast of New Zealand overnight is believed to have been a meteor.

Christchurch police received reports from Hokitika to Nelson of a light in the sky between 11pm and midnight. Wanganui police received three calls of a bright light out at sea. Two people who called Wanganui police reported a white light.

Police initially thought it was a flare but then reports came in from down the west coast of the country.

There were no reports of anything hitting the ground.

Radio New Zealand reported that one person saw a ball of light entering the atmosphere and flaming out. An Air New Zealand pilot also witnessed the incident.

- NZPA

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