Fireball seen in Eyre Peninsula skies

LIT UP: Robert Kleinrahn captured footage of the fireball lighting up his Whites Flat backyard.

LIT UP: Robert Kleinrahn captured footage of the fireball lighting up his Whites Flat backyard.

Several Eyre Peninsula saw the night’s sky light up late Friday night with what appeared to be a meteor flying across the sky.

Cummins resident Gemma Whittaker was one of them and said she was travelling home from Port Lincoln when she spotted it just before midnight between Wanilla and Edillilie.

“It was pretty freaky, the whole sky lit up and just in the northwest a fireball fell from the sky,” she said.

“I pulled over on the side of the road, I was pretty freaked out."

Many people posted on Facebook soon after it happened to report their own sightings.

Whites Flat resident Robert Kleinrahn said he captured footage of the fireball with his security camera and the shadow on the wall showed where it moved.

“According to the shadow on the wall it was going … down the coast from Elliston to Whites Flat,” he said.

Mr Kleinrahn said he had been plotting meteorite impacts in South Australia.

South Australian Astronomical Society vice president Paul Curnow said it was most likely a meteor that came from the northwest and most likely would have disintegrated as it entered the atmosphere.