Mainstream media pundits have exercised due diligence however in exploring the possible causes, with theories ranging from terrorists testing explosives on trees, terrorists testing explosives on woodland creatures, to terrorists testing explosives on themselves:
I can't help thinking that tonight, as this investigation continues, one of these terror-minded securocrats might be inspired to remove his head from his posterior and look up at the night sky. If he did, he might remark on the fact that there seem to be a lot of bright, flashy, light-type things shooting across the sky.
The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight, November 18th. Traditionally, the Leonids present as high altitude (100kms) 'shooting stars' in the night sky that can reach as many as 3,000 per hour at their peak. This year however, 'the Leonids' appear to be putting on a strangely intense show.
Three days ago, on November 15th, eyewitnesses in Glasgow and as far South as Birmingham, reported intense white meteorites at about 0540 GMT.
Commenting on the BBC Scotland web site, Douglas Thornton, from Scotlandwell said:
"It was an off-white light with a massive tail behind it... A phenomenal sight. You can see shooting stars every night up where we are, but this was the most enormous streak of light. Enough to back-light the clouds and make them flicker. It was moving at an enormous speed. I first saw it in the direction of Auchterarder and by the time I lost sight of it about two seconds later, it was around the Dundee area."As he was heading South from the North coast of Scotland, David Wood reported seeing a "bright green, fairly jagged looking, object in the sky":
"It had a very short, but very bright yellow and red trail behind it. It could have only been a few hundred meters above the ground. After my initial view I slowed the car and it broke in two. The larger piece eventually broke up into four smaller pieces which then dissipated into the darkness."Remember, the Leonids rarely, if ever, fall below 80kms altitude. Clearly, what these Scots and English folks were seeing was either not the Leonids, or the Leonids have decided to change course. Could there be a connection with an explosion in a remote forest area? Come to think of it, I seem to remember a meteorite hitting a remote forest area in the not-too-distant past.
But I digress, the point to remember is that we need not concern ourselves with such trivial and alarming speculation, we have the ubiquitous and equally alarming 'terror threat' to explain away all such mysterious detonations, even in remote Scottish forests, where, as everyone knows, Muslim terrorists just love to hang out and blow up trees. In short, the 'anti-terrorism police' are on the scene, they've found a hole, and they're looking into it. Heck, if they look hard enough, they may even find some 'detonators' lying at the bottom of it.
Sources: BBC Scotland