Huge meteor cuts through sky above Florida

Car-sized 'UFO' crashed into the water off the Gulf of Mexico

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Concerned Florida citizens thought they were witnessing a real-life War of the Worlds as a high fireball lit up the night sky on Tuesday.

The exploding object from space was captured on police dashcam.

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Citizens from North Port, Venice and Tampa all called police after they saw the fire in the sky.

Scientists say it was a meteor entering the atmosphere at 40,000 miles per hour.

So, just how big was it? Astronomer Mark Hamergrand said: "To light up the night time's sky, that's big. It's as massive as a car, even more than that, so that's a big chunk of rock."

The meteor travelled right over downtown Tampa at around 11.15pm and it's believed to have landed off the coast, in the Gulf of Mexico before midnight.

Images from space by astronaut Andre Kuipers

Images from space by astronaut Andre Kuipers