"Fireballs In The Sky" New Zealand, “Looked Like A Big Fireball,… Explosion In The Sky,… Split Into Three PiecesNEW ZEALAND – Bright flashes and sonic booms in the night sky above the North Island are most likely a chunk of asteroid or a meteoroid bursting through the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.  Bright lights and explosions in the sky have been reported from Auckland to Nelson, and the Coromandel to New Plymouth, and even people in Christchurch and on the West Coast. The event happened about 10pm. People reported that their doors rattled with the impact. Descriptions of the light ranged from white and orange to green and blue.  The official twitter page for Auckland Civil Defence & Emergency Management said it was “definitely not lightning, most likely a #meteor”. The flash in #Auckland tonight was definitely not lightning, most likely a #meteor #nzmeteorMetService image pic.twitter.com/FU2dHzEBhl — Auckland CDEM (@AucklandCDEM) February 11, 2015 TV presenter John Campbell tweeted “something fast and bright just briefly illuminated the sky west of Auckland. Zipped across the blackness. Extraordinary.” Jean Forbes in South Auckland said after seeing the bright light her “doors shook”. In Hamilton Sam McCreary said: “I was standing outside my place in Hamilton at roughly 10pm and saw what I thought was an explosion in the sky. Looked like a big fireball“. Near Upper Hutt, Andy Wardle said he saw a “green fireball type light heading in the straight down direction.” It “appeared to explode and split into three distinctive pieces. I believe this would have landed somewhere out in the Tasman sea. It may have been a meteor or even perhaps a peice of space junk burning up.” Retired Auckland University lecturer and meteorite expert Dr Joel Schiff said the observations described by those who witnessed and heard the event point to a piece of stone or metal-like debris entering the Earth’s atmosphere. “If it’s seen in various parts of the country it is most likely an object breaking up and burning up as it passes through our atmosphere,” he said. More