A MAN claims he saw a fireball falling from the sky in Oxfordshire.

Alexandre Legris, 41, was driving from Banbury to Woodstock with his 16-year-old son Isaac when he saw the object descending over Deddington Hill last Friday at about 6.30pm.

He said: ”I don’t know exactly what it was – it was just falling from the sky – but it was a big object on fire and then suddenly the flame went out.

“I thought it was a shooting star at first but realised it was far too close to be that. It was a few miles away and I didn’t see it fall to the ground. It was fascinating - I’ve never seen anything like it. I said to my son it’s probably the only time he will see something like that.”

Mr Legris, who lives in Maidenhead but was staying in Woodstock with his partner Caroline, said the moment passed too quickly to record it but when he returned home he researched it online. This led him to believe it could have been satellite debris.

The business development manager added: “It would be great if someone else saw it. I posted about it on Facebook and I’ve been told I’m weird but I’m certain about what I saw.

“My son was with me and he saw it too. Maybe at some point someone could find where it landed. Judging by the distance it would probably have fallen south of Oxford.”

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