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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Meteors cause flare alert calls

Reports of strange lights in the sky and distress flares being fired in the English Channel actually turned out to be a meteor shower, coastguards say.

Calls were made to coastguards across England's south coast, including Cornwall, Devon and Hampshire, reporting white and green flares.

Reports were also made to coastguards in Jersey and France for about 30 minutes from about 21.30 BST on Monday.

Solent coastguards said three such showers had been forecast.

Read More: BBC News Tuesday, 16th June 2009

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