Retired plumber Peter Pearson, 66, said he and his family spotted a glowing orange sphere over Barton-on-Sea at around 6.55am on Christmas morning.
The object shot over the skies near his home in Keysworth Avenue heading towards Bournemouth.
Mr Pearson said: “We thought it was a plane crashing or a meteorite. It was a fast orange ball and it went from east to west. My son started filming it on his mobile. Then it disappeared.READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 2nd January 2009