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Thai social media was buzzing with news this morning that a meteor may have fallen to earth from the skies over Bangkok. — Screen grab from TwitterThai social media was buzzing with news this morning that a meteor may have fallen to earth from the skies over Bangkok. — Screen grab from TwitterBANGKOK, Sept 7 — A huge fireball over parts of Bangkok was spotted by hundreds of commuters this morning at about 8.45am local time.

The sighting caused panic in the northern part of the Thai capital, as well as Nakhon Ratchasima in Isan province and Kanchanaburi in the western part of the country.

According to a report on JS Traffic radio station, one witness said the huge fireball plunged silently from the sky to the north on its way down to earth, leaving a trail of white smoke in its wake.

The Civil Aviation of Thailand, meanwhile, said there had been no reports of any aircraft accidents.

Jor Sor 100 radio cited an astronomer as saying the fireball might be a meteor streaking down through the atmosphere.

An official at the Bangkok Planetarium refuted that assessment, according to The Bangkok Post, saying there had been no reports of a meteorite crashing to the ground.

The newspaper concluded that space debris was the most likely source of the flaming object.

Citing information on the website satview.org, it said space junk flock 1B-11, object number 40459U, was due to burn through the atmosphere on its way to earth at about that time.

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