(shortened Babelfish translation)

Mannheim - a large meteor on Monday evening in the clear sky between South Germany and Lower Saxony triggered "UFO" alarm in some observers

A similar meteor recorded over Munich in 2006

Callers described a light-greenish-white head and a reddish-yellow tail that lasted up to five seconds "flat and noiseless going from the south to the north", said Werner walter of the Centralen research net of unusual sky phenomena (CENAP) on Tuesday in Mannheim. The meteor finally broke into many orange fragments.

A former career soldier described the meteor as a "continuous rocket", others thought it was an exploding "flying saucer".