Fireball Shoots Across Midnight Sky In US

Hundreds of people in Indiana and neighbouring states called emergency services when a huge, bright blue flash appeared in the midnight sky.

The light, which appeared like a bolt of lightning shortly before 1am local time on Saturday, is thought to have been a meteor or falling space debris, the National Weather Service said.

According the American Meteor Society, there have been 13 similar sightings so far this year.

Police agencies as far north as Jasper County, in northwest Indiana, and as far south as Evansville received calls from people who had seen the "mystery object".

An air traffic controller at Indianapolis International Airport said he had received no reports from pilots at the time.

There were no reports of any injuries.