Singapore: A bright light across the sky took many Singaporeans by surprise on Sunday evening.

Callers to our hotline said that at about 7.40pm, they saw a bright green light across the evening sky.

Some described it as a shooting star; others said it was like a satellite re-entering the earth's atmosphere.

They also said it was not very high up in the sky and it had streaked over brightly from east to west.

It was over in a matter of seconds.

Viewers called us from all over Singapore - Serangoon North, Sembawang, Woodlands, Selegie Road, Bedok, Bukit Panjang and Marina South.

Ismail Yussof, one of the eyewitnesses, said: "I thought it was a comet. I was stunned, staring at the sky. A lot of people were watching it.

His son managed to record the scene with the video function of his mobile phone. "It's like an aeroplane, very big. The front is like a cannon ball, full of colours - orange, yellow, blue and green. And it went off very fast, in about 10 seconds. I could see it very clearly."

The meteorological service said it had no information on the phenomenon as it was too small to be reflected on satellite pictures.