A strange object was seen in the skies above Whitehill in Hamilton on Tuesday night.

A young Hamilton woman captured this picture on her mobile phone of what she described to be a "fireball" at about 11pm.

Natalie Smith was dropping her friend back home in James Murdie Gardens when she noticed the unusual-looking orange glow in the sky.

The 20-year-old South Lanarkshire Council clerical assistant explained: "We were both sitting inside my car when we noticed something in the sky.

"It looked like a fireball, like a big piece of ash, but it was the size of a football. It had an orange glow. We sat and watched it for a bit but when I went to drive away it disappeared behind the trees at Whistleberry Road.

"I have no idea what it was it was just a strange sight to see."

Natalie, who lives in Burnbank, headed back in her car to drop another friend off at Eddlewood before returning home that evening.

It is not known if atmospheric conditions could have been responsible for the light's sudden appearance.