A factory worker on night shift was amazed when a mysterious object, believed to be a UFO, fell from the skies during a lighting storm in Texas.

Conner, 23, was working the night shift at a meat packing plant when he decided to film the storm which was thundering down above him.

What really captured his attention however, was the mysterious object that plunged out of the sky with a streak of light trailing behind, which he managed to capture as he was recording the storm.

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."

When Conner shared his footage online, numerous UFO watchers compared it to The War of the Worlds, HG Wells' famous sci-fi novel in which a meteor crashes to Earth carrying hostile aliens.

"Looks like when the Martians lightning bolted into the ground," said one viewer, referencing the 2005 film version.

"It's an alien space craft," said another.

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Lots of people thought Conner had filmed a regular meteor, though many others questioned whether one would move so quickly across the sky.

Naturally, the footage sparked a debate between the UFO watchers as to what the object was. Some argued it was a ball lightning – an unexplained and unproven phenomenon whose existence has been attested to by witnesses going back for centuries.

Others argued there might be a more every-day explanation for the object, suggesting it could be a bug or a simple drop of rain catching the light.

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While Conner isn't certain what the object is, he isn't ruling anything out.

He said that he does believe that other intelligent forms of life are out there, adding: "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?"

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