The Met Office received dozens of calls within an hour of the light first appearing, and tweeted: "Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite."
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been "inundated" with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said a number of calls came in around 9.45pm from concerned members of public who had seen a "bright light or a fire in the sky" and believed it may have been incidents involving an aircraft.
She said: "It has been confirmed with air traffic control that there are no incidents of aircraft in difficult and nothing registered on radar.
"The sightings are believed to be either an asteroid burning out or similar which has been restricted to the upper atmosphere only."
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