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Mystery Bright Light Sparks Aircraft Search
Reports of a bright light and smoke in the skies over north Somerset are being investigated by police who say they have ruled out an aircraft crash as the source.
A member of the public reported seeing an aircraft coming down in the Minehead area of Somerset, possibly near woodland in Dunster.
Avon and Somerset Police also received"numerous other calls from people about "a bright, smoking light that was seen to fall to ground in the vicinity of Dunster Lodge" on Sunday evening.
But officers say they are "confident" it was not a crashing aircraft.
Air Traffic Control said there was no aircraft in the area at the time and there were no distress calls.
Police and Exmoor search and rescue teams scouring the woods and nearby open ground found nothing, the force added.
Officers are also investigating suggestions that people may have been setting of flares in the area.
Chief Inspector Paul Mogg said: "We are confident that the light seen by numerous members of the public is not related to an aircraft."
He added: "We would like to thank the numerous members of the public who both offered help with the search operation and assisted in our inquiries to ascertain just what was seen by a number of local community members."
An initial eyewitness described seeing a helicopter crashing, but later changed their account to a bright smoking light in the sky.
Other reports suggested a flare, bright light or Chinese lantern floating to the ground near Dunster Lodge.