Rare bursts of red electrical discharge spotted in night sky above southern China

Rare bursts of red sprites have been spotted in southern China.

Filmed at midnight in Guiyang, the video shows red luminescence clouds shining and flickering in the night sky.

It’s reported that the phenomenon was caused by a high-altitude electrical discharge, red sprites, during a thunderstorm.

It usually occurs at the top of a thunderstorm cloud, about 30 to 90 kilometres above the ground.

Generally, it is about five to ten kilometres wide and lasts about 10 to one hundred milliseconds.

See what happens in the video above.