Visitors from another planet or, rather more likely, something far more down to earth?

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Whatever the explanation, there were more reports of unusual ‘flashing lights’ over Norfolk last night.

People took to social media website Twitter to report lights between Norwich and Fakenham, at Cromer and in North Suffolk.

One reader, who was watching from Cley beach, got in touch to ask if anybody else had spotted the lights.

He said: “Around every 20 seconds there was a double power flash. At first I thought It was lightning, but it was just too evenly timed and in the same spot for hours.”

David Auton, who is on holiday in north Norfolk, reported seeing bright flashes of light near Mundesley, Bacton and Happisburgh while walking his dog at around 10.30pm.

“At first I thought it was an explosion on a ship out at sea because it seemed to come from the grounds upwards and was always in the same place,” he said. “Then I thought it was lightening but the weather conditions weren’t right for lightening. It was certainly very unusual.”

Shane Patel, from Norwich, emailed us to say he had asked friends on Facebook about the phenomenon and received a number of reponses.

He said: “I saw that the flashes were random, in size and timings, and only appeared to be emerging from clouds.

“After the one from my bedroom stopped, flashes were seen in Oulton Broad and Lowestoft, before travelling back to Norwich. Lots of people freaked out!”

Robin Spencer emailed us the video clip used here and said: “Caught it on video. The clip doesn’t really do it justice but it was quite spectacular and lit up the whole sky. I still think it was lightning but it was strange how regular it was and that there was no thunder.”

Dan Holley, from University of East Anglia-based forecasters Weatherquest, said those who suspected sheet lightning were probably correct.

He said: “There were a lot of offshore storms last night, so it probably was sheet lightning. And when the skies are clear you can see that from quite a long way inland.”

Last month, we reported how readers had reported bright white and blue lights off the coast of Cromer and a “bright, golden light” hovering over the sea east of Southtown in Great Yarmouth.

• Did you see the lights last night? Let us know below and send any pictures or video to newsdesk@archant.co.uk

21 comments

  • It was reported on local news last night, they were distant storms.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • I live in Swardeston which is 3 miles away from Norwich city center. I saw the lights too and told my boyfriend it was lighting. Only to realise there were no clouds and no storm. So something of a radius of around 20 miles... Doesn't make any sense! Very strange.

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    Millie Denton

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • I was driving home from Aldburgh to Sheringham last night and saw these, they looked like a cross between lightening and a firework going off, seemed to have a reddish tinge.As other people are saying they were very regular and by the time I got to Gresham Village they were right overhead but no thunder or rain and didnt feel like a storm in the air at all. My husband was at home and didnt see them but suggested they could have been flares? but strange they were seen in so many other places! All I can say is I didnt waste anytime in getting home :)

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    MrsW83

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • I also saw the flashing light, it reminded me of lightning but the skies were clear. It seemed to be in some kind of sequence like mentioned above. I could also hear the feint sound of aircraft as well, but that could just have been coincidence. I live in Taverham.

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    Paul

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Obviously some people are skeptical about what people think happened and like to believe it was simply 'sheet lightning' because the cant be bothered to even contemplate any strange happenings going on. I can completely understand where these people are coming from. However, I stood in my garden and witnessed a series of strange events with a group of friends and we all couldn't understand what we had seen. So before people start questioning if people should 'get out more', find out what actually happened and then comment rather than dismissing peoples opinions. Its just rude if you ask me.

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    OJ1993

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • Let me guess it was someone was celebrating with some chinese lanterns again! They look like they are hovering...plus they flicker so it looks like they are flashing...

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    sr44

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Went to the top floor of the Burlington in Sheringham to get a good look at these lights. Thought it was a thunderstorm, but the flashes were at very regular intervals and in the same area. Probably the MOD up to something. . .

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Feeling really old now reading people saying they have never seen lightning like this. Perhaps living right on the coast with no distraction from street lighting we get a better view of big storms which are a long way away and give this effect . The further they are away the more static they look ( I think!) Quite often storms slide up or down the North Sea coast without hitting land.The redness mentioned might be attributed to the amount of dust in the air in late summer early autumn after harvest, the moon rise can look red when the air is dusty.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • spooky things in the night sky last night. flashing lights every-where. never seen sheet lighting like that before if that is the answer.

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    the minister

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • We saw this looked like sheet lightning.went on for a while,loked like two plane lights close by.

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    foxey

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Oh my good God! Where did you get that picture,Oh my good God! Where did you get that picture? I saw one of these creatures roaming the marshes near Cley last Thursday. It appeared to be interfering with waterfowl. I didn't see any obvious sign of a craft (at the time I had assumed it to be a Fen Monkey) but I do recollect an eerie humming noise, although that may have been coming from the bird.

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    former_fan

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • SR44 - I've never seen a chinese lantern which lights up the whole sky!! Guess again I think...

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    Chipin

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • I was driving back from Drayton to Holt last night at about 10pm and saw lots of flashes out to the east. Assumed it was night lightning.

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    Bishybarnabee

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • I was driving home from Aldburgh to Sheringham last night and saw these, they looked like a cross between lightening and a firework going off, seemed to have a reddish tinge.As other people are saying they were very regular and by the time I got to Gresham Village they were right overhead but no thunder or rain and didnt feel like a storm in the air at all. My husband was at home and didnt see them but suggested they could have been flares? but strange they were seen in so many other places! All I can say is I didnt waste anytime in getting home :)

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    MrsW83

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • No wonder people in Norfolk get taken the P out of.

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    chebram71

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • My wife & I saw several of these while driving just outside Norwich, but didn't notice any regularity. They were still going on 2 hours later in Cromer (I checked it was not the lighthouse, whose flashing I am used to: these were much larger and whiter.) I was looking at the stars (Cassiopeia) through binoculars at 10.30pm and even saw 2 of the flashes pass my viewfinders right up there, which shows how bright they were! I don't know if any storms were at sea, but Norwich seems a long way inland ... heard no thunder either. Have often watched lightening off Cromer - these seemed much faster, and there was only ever one pulse of light.

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    David Shipstone

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • I was watching from my upstairs window (just south of Norwich) looking north-east, for a good 30 mins, the flashes were strangely regular, every 30 seconds or so, and were lighting up the distant clouds. I came to the conclusion it must have been sheet lightning a good distance away as there was no thunder.

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    Daniel

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Just before the lights had stopped and when they had eventually stopped, did anybody else notice a few strange aircrafts floatinghovering around in a unusual flight pattern? At first I thought they could have been planes, but the lights on the aircraft and flight pattern did not match any I had seen.

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    OJ1993

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Oh my good God! Where did you get that picture,Oh my good God! Where did you get that picture? I saw one of these creatures roaming the marshes near Cley last Thursday. It appeared to be interfering with waterfowl. I didn't see any obvious sign of a craft (at the time I had assumed it to be a Fen Monkey) but I do recollect an eerie humming noise, although that may have been coming from the bird.

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    former_fan

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Sad people they really must get out more, as a night fisherman on the beach these are a regular occurrence and it's rare not to see them. Yes they are distant lightning.

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    D. ROSS

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • I was driving back from Drayton to Holt last night at about 10pm and saw lots of flashes out to the east. Assumed it was night lightning.

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    Bishybarnabee

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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