Footage showing a mysterious object crashing into Earth during a lightning storm has led an onlooker to fear an “alien invasion” was taking place.
Conner, 23, was working the night shift at a meatpacking plant in the US state of Texas and witnessed the intense storm – but he said it was what followed that really struck him.
Moments after the lightning struck a UFO appeared to plunge out of the sky trailing a streak of light.
Conner said: “I can’t say that I have encountered anything like this before.
“I’ve never really recorded the skies or anything and that day of the storm, I really felt the need to record.
“I’m open to any suggestions as to what it might be or what it was.
“Best case scenario it was a meteor because I’ve never seen one.
“And worst-case scenario, an alien invasion.”
After sharing the footage online, numerous UFO watchers compared it to HG Wells’ famous sci-fi novel, The War of the Worlds, in which a meteor crashes on Earth carrying hostile aliens.
One viewer said: “Looks like when the Martians lightning bolted into the ground.”
“It’s an alien spacecraft,” said another.
Debate ensued over whether Conner had actually filmed a regular meteor with many questioning whether it would move so quickly across the sky.
Some argued it was ball lightning, an unexplained and unproven phenomenon whose existence has been attested to by witnesses going back for centuries.
More cynical observers preferred a commonplace explanation, suggesting it was a bug or a simple drop of rain-catching the light.
Conner added that he does “believe in intelligent life in space”.
He continued: “I mean this world can’t be the only world that life got lucky on, and we have some sketchy government officials so why wouldn’t they keep that type of information from us?”