Police launch urgent search after 999 calls about ‘object falling from the sky’

A huge police operation has been launched after a mysterious object fell from the sky on the south coast.

It sparked several 999 calls, with stunned witnesses reporting there had been a plane crash, Plymouth Live reports .

Others have suggested it could be an "asteroid" which broke in two as it plummeted to earth.

Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating after the drama unfolded shortly before 6am today.

In a statement police said air and ground searches are being carried out, but there are no recorded flights in the area.

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The Force Incident Manager for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We have had further reports of seeing an object in the sky from some distance away with a trajectory towards the ground, with an item falling off it at some point.

“There have been reports it broke into two and this has come from numerous people.

“We’ve got two aircrafts in the air looking and doing aerial searches of the area. At the moment we are saying it is the Yelverton/Tavistock/Prince Town area.

“We’ve got a local inspector now coordinating that search with supporting ground resources which at the moment are police officers but we might look at contacting further resources at some point.

"The best advice for the best way to search when you’ve got no distinct area is the use of aerial observations.

“In principle if it was an aircraft there would be something visible from the sky in terms of smoke and or fire.

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