Dramatic footage of a meteor falling through the sky was captured on a doorbell camera in Darlington after a family cat triggered a recording at just the right time.
A bright fireball can be seen shooting across the sky in the footage as residents across the North East described seeing the meteor on the evening of Friday, October 15.
Julie Richardson was stunned when husband Lee showed her the recording from their new doorbell camera.
Stanley the cat (circled) triggered the doorbell camera which caught the amazing footage
Mrs Richardson said: 'I didn't quite believe it, my husband Lee was the one that spotted it.
'I just thought it was a firework but that didn't make sense as the "firework" was going down not up.
'I put it on Facebook just to see what other people thought about it and then realised it was definitely a meteor.'
Stanley happened to be moving close to the front door at just the right moment to set the camera rolling, Darlington Live reports.
In the footage, Stanley can be seen between two vehicles at the bottom of the screen. He sits