WATCH: Norway hunts for meteor that blazed through the night sky

Norwegians were left awestruck by a bright meteor that illuminated the night sky in the country’s south-east.

Footage shows powerful flashes of light over Norway, followed by what witnesses described as loud bangs on Sunday.

Norwegian police say they received a flurry of emergency calls but there were no reports of injuries or damage.

A team of experts are hunting for the meteorite, which they believe landed in a forest near the capital, Oslo.

A meteor is a space rock that burns brightly after entering Earth’s atmosphere at high speed. It becomes known as a meteorite if it survives its passage to the ground.

The Norwegian Meteor Network said Sunday’s fireball was visible for at least five seconds after it appeared at about 01:00 local time.

Travelling at about 16.3km/s (nearly 36,500mph), the meteor could be seen over large parts of southern Scandinavia.

A team of experts have been sent to the area where the meteor is suspected to have landed.

Initial research suggests thespace rock may have hit the ground in a wooded area called Finnemarka, about 60km west of Oslo.

Analysis of the meteor suggests it could have weighed at least 10kg.

Such meteor strikes are rare, but one did cause widespread damage and injure at least 1,600 people when it crashed down in Russia’s Ural Mountains in 2013.